It’s Our Hospital – column 22

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It’s Our Hospital
By Fran Donaldson, Vice-Chair of PECM Hospital Foundation
As we work and hope for a new hospital, we must not forget what we already have: a tired building, but wonderful staff and first-rate service right here, right now, which we must continue to support. Let’s remember that the government does not pay for medical equipment; that must be funded by the local community, and that’s why the PECM Hospital Foundation exists.

So here’s a cheer for Re-Max Quinte, who won the National Philanthropy Day award for their generous fund-raising in our community. The Foundation nominated them, and we are very grateful for their support. We also recently received $2 500 from the County Marathon, as pledged by the participants in the Team Relay Challenge.

Another recent gift speaks volumes about community support. Barbara Fairbairn was a long-time member and generous volunteer with the PECMH Auxiliary, and also a member of the Prince Edward County Quilters’ Guild. Barbara died earlier this year, after spending some time in our hospital. Then her husband, Bill, donated the contents of her sewing room to the Quilters’ Guild. They held a yard sale of the items in October, and donated the proceeds to the PECMH Foundation’s Picture of Health campaign bringing the Quilters’ Guild cumulative giving total to $4 650, just $350 away from earning a spot on the hospital’s donor wall. Thank you!
And then there’s the Festival of Trees, held this past weekend at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort. The big event of the year for the PECMH Auxiliary is a big fund-raiser for the Foundation. This year, the Auxiliary pledged $50 000 to the Foundation to help pay for the picture archive system required by Cancer Care Ontario. The entire proceeds from the Festival of Trees will be donated, and “topped up” from the Auxiliary’s funds. This will allow our Hospital to continue providing endoscopic screening services to over 3 000 patients each year.
Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand, for good boys and girls of all ages to have their photo taken. And the Second Time Around Christmas boutique was a great place for Christmas shopping while also supporting an important cause. It’s too early to report on the proceeds, but by Sunday noon the food sale (with over 1 000 jars of preserves!) was sold out, as were the entire 3 300 tickets for the bucket draw.

But the Festival is not just about money. It’s a wonderful community event, with free entertainment, beautiful decorations and plenty of Christmas cheer. Every year somehow has its special moments, like the two women I spoke to a couple years ago as they were setting up a splendid big tree with beautiful turquoise-blue decorations. They were doing it in memory of their mother, who had died the previous year and who had collected the decorations. The women were having a lovely time together, and under the tree, as part of their donation, they placed the sweet treats as their mom would have done. What a lovely and generous tribute! This year, another woman donated a large and beautiful set of china that had belonged to her sister and for which she hoped to find a good home. I spoke to the winning bidder, who was delighted and who will no doubt treasure the dishes for years to come.

For more information about the Foundation, 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.