After 22-hours on the Golden West Broadcasting’s airwaves the past couple of days, the Dr. Noble Irwin Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare has surpassed their goal netting $158,150 in the 13th installment of the annual event.
The non-profit organization had a two-day goal to raise $150,000 and with some final hour donations raced past that target, more than doubling day one’s total of $72,430.
Countless businesses and residents contributed to the final total, something that Jim Dekowny, the executive director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, was very grateful for.
“The biggest part is, is the donors,” he said. “It’s not just Swift Current, it’s the southwest, it’s from up to Leader over to Maple Creek down to Climax over to Herbert. We have donors… and they stepped up pretty good and we’ve had a good couple days so it’s been good.”
With a multitude of non-profits in southwestern Saskatchewan, Dekowny said it’s great the healthcare foundation is able to grab a sliver of the pie.
“There’s so many good organizations in the southwest and we just want to do our best, so that when that something like this happens and somebody comes and hears and goes ‘ya they do a good job, so let’s throw some money at them’,” he said. “That’s kudos to my team… and kudo to what we do, to make sure that we’re visible to make sure that when you’re thinking of donating it’s to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation.”
The funds from this year’s event will be used to buy a new telemetry system, something that’s in urgent need for the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current.
“It’s very important to the care we provide to patients,” Dr. Kevin Wasko said on Thursday evening. “I work in the emergency department ICU area of the hospital where all of those telemetry units are kept track of by the nursing 24/7 and it monitors people that may be at any point in the hospital. It monitors their heart rate and vital signs.”
Source: Swift Current Online
Written by David Zammit