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    On March 2, the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation (PRHF) team and volunteers were hard at work to raise money through the Connect to Care Radiothon. Donations went to the hospital’s ongoing Cutting Edge Campaign. From left are Kyle Robinson from MyFM, Karolyn Xie from the PRHF, Emcee Art Jamieson, PRHF Executive Director Nancy Warren and Sarah Neadow from the PRHF. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Former Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation Board Chairwoman Barb Schoof answers phone calls. Each donation she received brought the PRHF closer to achieving its goal. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Throughout the day there were different entertainers on stage and the Red Hot Mamas serenaded the crowd with a selection of songs during the lunch rush. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



Hospital radiothon accepts donations for PRHF Cutting Edge Campaign

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday March 21, 2019

Receiving a barrage of phone calls in a few short hours is rarely a positive thing, unless it’s calls to the 2nd annual Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation (PRHF) Care to Connect Radiothon.

With the help of local radion station MyFM, the PRHF had hundreds of people in the community call in with donations for their Cutting Edge Campaign.

This ongoing campaign supports a regional orthopedic program and modernizes the surgical floor within the hospital, both of which are costly endeavours. To bridge the gap in government funding, the hospital has to raise $2.5 million of the $11.5 million project price tag. “We see the homestretch coming,” said Radiothon emcee Art Jamieson, pointing out that $800,000 remains.

Holding a radiothon on March 2, headquartered at the Pembroke Mall, brought the PRHF that much closer to its goal. “It’s a way for the foundation and our hospital family to reach out to our community family in hopes of garnering support for the needs we have at our regional hospital,” said PRHF Executive Director Nancy Warren. “No donation is too small, we all pull together as a community and that’s how we reach our goals.”

Last year, the radiothon raised $44,000. With a basket raffle still ongoing until March 28, the total raised hasn’t been released. However, organizers have calculated that over $41,000 was collected during the event. “Whatever we get is great, appreciated and much needed,” said Warren

While 50 volunteers rotated shifts on the telephones, many more helped out at booths and entertained passersby with live music. It is only through the help of volunteers, donors, sponsors and individuals that the event was very successful - something for which Warren is enternally grateful.

“It’s really heartwarming to see our community pull together for healthcare,” she said.