It’s Our Hospital – column 21

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It’s Our Hospital
By Briar Boyce, communications and donations co-ordinator, PECMH Foundation

I’ve been reflecting on the many years of support for our County Hospital coming from the heart of our community – volunteers. Recently, Foundation team members Monica and Penny attended the 40th anniversary of the Wellington Elks to accept a donation and share in the evening’s merriment. There was cause for celebration as the gift received put the Wellington Elks onto our hospital’s donor wall.

Service clubs are the backbones of our community and are a major part of the success and growth of our hospital.

Signs pointing to the work of these clubs can be spotted everywhere – on buildings, at events, and, quite literally, club insignia posted on signs when you drive into Prince Edward County.

These voluntary, nonprofit organizations demonstrate their commitment to local health care by supporting the PECM Hospital through various fundraising initiatives.

These clubs have a proud history of mobilizing community members eager to help others, while also offering perks like social gatherings and networking. Our Hospital Foundation has enjoyed healthy partnerships with over 20 clubs since our beginning in 1985.

What’s also astounding is that for an island community with a population of about 25,000, our County hosts two Rotary Clubs, two Elks Lodges and three Legions along with other worthy organizations like the Kiwanis, Lions, Order of the Royal Purple, Eastern Star, Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs and of course our Women’s Institute branches. There is no shortage of causes to get involved with. My apologies to any I have missed.

Our service clubs prove themselves to be fierce economic drivers in our community and their good work continues to benefit our hospital. Cumulatively, over $281,000 has been directed to our hospital for various equipment campaigns and renovation projects. Spectacularly, Picton Rotary contributed almost $97,000 of that. Now think about all the other causes service clubs support. It’s awe-inspiring.

The hard work of these volunteers has resulted in better care for our patients. The Digital Mammography Campaign held in 2011/12 is a wonderful reminder that many hands make light work. The $400,000 needed for that vital piece of breast screening equipment was raised in a very short time, with many service organizations enthusiastically answering our call for help!

In light of Remembrance Day, I hope you remembered to wear a poppy and gave what you could to our local Legions. In the last decade, the Foundation has been the recipient of over $80,000, which comes largely through proceeds from poppy sales from our three local Legion branches. No small feat!

Looking ahead, we hope to strengthen partnerships with all of these essential groups as we work toward building a new hospital. And because I have the floor, a special shout out goes to Wellington Rotary who are already actively fundraising for this project.

Thank you to all members of our service organizations. I encourage more citizens to join and get involved with your choice of a club. There are many opportunities for additional help in all of these clubs. You will become a better citizen and feel more a part of our amazing community for having made that decision.

For those who belong to a club and are looking for guest speakers…give us a call. We would be happy to join you to update your members about hospital happenings.

For more information about the Foundation and upcoming events, or to learn how you can help, please contact Penny or Briar in the Foundation office at (613) 476-1008 ext. 4503 or 4425 or visit www.pecmhf.ca.