Continued Support from Hutterites in the Southwest

Hutterites around southwest Saskatchewan continue to support the Dr, Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, but also the healthcare of the area directly.

At the Foundation’s recent annual general meeting, it was revealed that Hutterites are responsible for around $110,000 to $120,000 for the Foundation’s Close to the Heart Campaign for the purchase of a digital mammography machine.

They have also looked to support Swift Current and area through producing masks to help foster health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The masks are being distributed by Bumper to Bumper – Great West Auto Electric Ltd, Swift Current.

Leanne Tuntland-Wiebe is the office manager at Bumper to Bumper – Great West Auto Electric Ltd in Swift Current, and is also a director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

Tuntland-Wiebe said that Andrea Carol Miller helped to facilitate the distribution of the masks made from double-ply cloth and elastics.

“It worked really well, [Carol Miller] had more colonies come on board than she though, they’ve been going to a couple of places. A couple of the main colonies are Ponteix and West Bench. West Bench has been sewing like crazy, I’ve had thousands of masks from them.”

“It grew so that we had colonies in Manitoba at Steinbeck and I had a box of 500 come here from Steinbach Colony.”

One organizing member of the mask-making group from West Bench Hutterite Colony shared how they got the idea to help support those in need of masks.

“There was a write up on Swift Current Moms [Facebook page] that they need volunteers to make masks. Then I asked our ladies if they would be interested in helping me make the masks. We all got together one day and made them! We all pitched in with bringing the materials that we needed! We enjoyed making them, there was such joy in that room.”

Tuntland-Wiebe added that some masks were shipped to Toronto via Bumper to Bumper. Other masks have been shipped to Ontario, Regina, Germany and the Philippines.

“This week I had a lady in from the Philippines and she asked if I had any cloth masks left,” Tuntland-Wiebe said, “I said ‘yes I have some left, how many do you need?’ and she said ‘could I have 20?’ and I looked at her and said ‘yes I think I have 20’ and she had tears in her eyes.”

“I said ‘where are they going to?’ and she said ‘we’re sending them home to the Philippines, they have nothing, they have absolutely nothing there.’”

The masks are available for pick up at the Bumper to Bumper location for free, but they are accepting donations for the Dr. Noble Foundation there as well.

“If you feel the need that you’d like to pay or like to help in some way,” she said,” please make a donation to the mammography fundraiser.”

Masks from the Hutterites have been distributed to nursing homes and pharmacies in Swift Current in addition to anyone who picks masks up from the Bumper to Bumper location in Swift Current.

While they have helped distribute around 4,000 masks, Tuntland-Wiebe noted that production has hit a roadblock.

“I have just about run out, and from what I know, the colonies aren’t sewing right now because there’s a shortage of elastics because everyone is doing this.”

She added that they would happily accept donations of elastics for the production of more masks.

There is also another provincial mask producer in Saskatchewan Sews, who are creating personal protective equipment for those in dire need, such as those in northern Saskatchewan and first responders.

Tuntland-Wiebe said that she believes in spreading the word about donations from Hutterites, hoping they are able to show the appreciation from the community.

“The colonies, maybe some of them might have a Facebook page, but they’re basically going unnoticed or unappreciated because they don’t see it unless Andrea or I tell them and thank the colonies.”

“The people that come in and pick up the masks don’t have a direct line to the colonies. If we can get it out there that the colonies help like this, at least they know they’re appreciated. I’m not kidding when people come in with tears in their eyes because they’re compromised, they’re immune systems are down, and they don’t know where to get masks.”

She said that Bumper to Bumper was enacting their community philosophy by helping to support the area during the pandemic. She said that they are asking people to remember to support local people and businesses as many smaller aspects of the community are going through a tough time financially.

Tuntland-Wiebe said that Hutterites were following past precedent they have set when supporting healthcare. They have been constantly providing financial help to the foundation this year, as well as previous years.

“They all make use of the hospital, they all make use of the health system, and it’s something that they really believe in, and they get together and set a standard with one colony [for donations] and they want all of the other colonies to meet that standard and make the donation.”

“We’re in need of it for the mammography machine, it’s a pricey piece of equipment.”

 

Source: Swift Current Online

 

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Successful Start To Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Radiology Campaign

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is busy with its next campaign to raise money for a new digital radiology system in Cabri.

Thanks to a few generous donations the campaign just kicked off and they have already raised $60,000.

Both the Lions Club of Cabri and the town itself each donated $25,000 and $10,000 came from the RM of Riverside. The major sponsor for the Cabri Lion’s Club farming project is SWT and that is where the majority of the donation is coming from.

Executive Director with the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation, Jim Dekowny details the importance of the campaign.

“Knowing the Sask Health Authority and their goals of keeping people closer to home and making sure they are looked after in their areas of the province. I think this is a big thing for Cabri and a big thing for the Cabri community and surrounding areas.

In regards to the RM of Riverside donating, Dekowny says that Cabri is not just Cabri but the surrounding area as well and he hopes that this donation inspires other RM’s to come forward.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation has joined forces with the Cabri Hospital Auxiliary on this campaign and Dekowny says they have been a huge asset.

Colleen Wallis, president of the auxiliary says that Cabri no longer has a hospital as it is now a long-term care home that has a lab and various machines such as the x-ray machine they are raising money to replace. The current machine still uses film and so there is a dire need to get an updated digital x-ray machine.

Wallis stresses the importance of the new x-ray machine to the town.

“We thought to keep the healthcare center viable, keep the clinic viable and keep the community alive, we needed to get this x-ray machine just to make it a hub where people can come from the area.”

Wallis adds that the Cabri clinic draws people from Pennant all the way up to Lancer

The hospital auxiliary is no stranger to raising large funds as they were able to raise $100,000 for a handi-van in just eight months.

We have already raised $60,000 and the letter has not even gone out to residents yet says, Wallis. She hopes that when this happens they will continue to grow towards their $250,000 goal to purchase the new digital radiology system.

Source: Swift Current Online

https://www.swiftcurrentonline.com/local/successful-start-to-dr-noble-cabri-digital-radiology-campaign

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Dr. Noble Irwin Healthcare Foundation and Great Plains College Partner for Chase The Ace

Chase The Ace is back thanks to a partnership between The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and Great Plains College.

Tickets will be available online starting January 13th and due to the partnership, the lottery will reach a wider audience as Jim Dekowny Executive Director of the Foundation explains.

“Great Plains College has many colleges throughout all of Saskatchewan so it’s not just a south west lottery but the whole province.”

Dekowny adds that he thinks the partnership will help to drive sales and get the jackpot up while increasing excitement throughout the south west and the province as a whole.

The foundation had run this lottery in the past, however, they wanted to try it again as Dekowny details.

“I wanted to try it again and see if we could gain that big payout and multi-million dollar things. It all goes to a good cause, it all goes to equipment for doctors in the south west, our portion.

Dekowny adds that Great Plains College will be using their portion towards student scholarships.

Chase the Ace is a progressive-style lottery where 20% of the weekly ticket sales goes towards the winner whose name is drawn, 30% of the weekly sales goes to the jackpot, and the foundation and college will share the remaining 50% of weekly ticket sales. Each week’s raffle winner whose name is drawn will also pick an envelope number that will have a playing card in it and they will win the accumulated jackpot if the ace of spades is drawn. If the ace of spades is not drawn, the playing card will be removed and the jackpot rolls over to the following week.

The first draw will take place on January 21. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, ticket purchasers will not be able to attend the weekly draw in person but are encouraged to follow the updates and watch the weekly live draw on the organizations’ “Chase the Ace for Health & Education” Facebook page.

Weekly lottery draws will take place Thursday afternoons at 4 pm at the Foundation office. The Living Sky Casino has signed on as the presenting sponsor for Chase The Ace and once they open again, weekly draws will begin to take place there.

Individual tickets are available for $10.00 apiece or multiple tickets can be purchased at 10 for $25.00 or 50 for $50.00. The jackpot will begin at $2,000.

Source: Swift Current Online

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Great Plains College & Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation partnering to ‘Chase the Ace’

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and Great Plains College are excited to announce a joint fundraiser. Tickets for “Chase the Ace in Support of Health and Education” will be available beginning January 13, 2021.

The two organizations were looking for an opportunity to partner and raise additional funds to benefit health care and post-secondary education in their regions. They decided to combine their efforts to reach a wider audience and allow individuals and communities to support both health care and college entrance scholarships with their participation.

“We ran a successful Chase the Ace raffle a few years ago and it also provided some fun for everyone who participated,” said Jim Dekowny, executive director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “When the college approached us about doing something together, it was felt that Chase the Ace would be an ideal fundraiser for both of us.”

“The college normally holds a couple of events each year to raise money for our scholarship program but due to the circumstances limiting public gatherings this year, we’ve been looking for some other opportunities,” said Dianne Sletten, donor services coordinator, Great Plains College. “I was excited when Jim suggested the Chase the Ace raffle as it is an exciting concept for a fundraiser, with a guaranteed winner every week and a jackpot that keeps growing until someone picks the ace of spades.”

Dekowny added that the raffle will offer an option to purchase tickets online which will increase the opportunity for people to participate. “We have partnered with Tap 50:50 Event Consultants Ltd. based in Saskatoon to offer online raffle ticket purchases and links will be available on both the foundation and college websites to access the online purchases.”

Individual tickets are available for $10.00 apiece or multiple tickets can be purchased at 10 for $25.00 or 50 for $50.00.  The jackpot will begin at $2,000.

Weekly draws will take place at the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation’s office in Swift Current each Thursday at 4 PM. The first draw will take place on January 21. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, ticket purchasers will not be able to attend the weekly draw in person but are encouraged to follow the updates and watch the weekly live draw on the organizations’ “Chase the Ace for Health & Education” Facebook page.

Chase the Ace is a progressive-style lottery where 20% of the weekly ticket sales goes towards the winner whose name is drawn, 30% of the weekly sales goes to the jackpot, and the foundation and college will share the remaining 50% of weekly ticket sales. Each week’s raffle winner whose name is drawn will also pick an envelope number that will have a playing card in it and they will win the accumulated jackpot if the ace of spades is drawn. If the ace of spades is not drawn, the playing card will be removed and the jackpot rolls over to the following week.

Complete rules of play are available at greatplainscollege.ca and drirwinfoundation.com.

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For more information contact:

Bryce Martin, marketing & communications coordinator                     Jim Dekowny, executive director
Great Plains College                                                                                     Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation
Phone: 306-741-3584                                                                                    Phone:  306-741-8180

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Radiothon another amazing success…

Strong community support from across southwest Saskatchewan helped make the 2020 Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare a success and to achieve the Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation’s goal of raising $150,000.

The two-day event took place in the clubhouse of Elmwood Golf Club, Oct. 29-30. The final amount raised at the end of the second day was $150,800.

“It proved today that people care” Foundation Executive Director Jim Dekowny said. “People really want to give and they believe in what we’re doing at the Foundation, and it’s been a great day”

In a fitting conclusion to the event, the final cheque presentation was made by the Cypress Regional Medical Association. The donation of $15,000 helped the Radiothon to move past the fundraising target.

“All the doctors that look after everybody in the southwest decided to pool their money, not knowing that we’re going to be at $135,000” he said. “They give $15,000 and take us right to the end to finish it off. It’s a Hollywood, you know that I mean. It was a pretty cool two days. The resident of the southwest should be so happy and proud of what they’ve done these last two days.”

The final cheque presentation was made by the Cypress Regional Medical Association president, Dr. Clare Kozroski and treasurer, Dr. Kobus Steenkamp.

“We are so happy to help our patients individually, but it’s really a privilege for us as a group to also help the hospital, the surgeons and the whole area in terms of updating to some really needed equipment,” Dr. Kozroski said afterwards.

Dr. Steenkamp noted that donation is made from the financial contributions  of physicians toward their regional medical association.

“As physicians,  we each contribute on a monthly basis to our medical association,” he said. “We use the money for events, and if there’s money in surplus, we like to donate that to a worthy cause, and this is one of them. Radiothon  is one way of doctors giving back to the regional healthcare foundation.”

The funds raised through the Radiothon will be used to purchase a 4K ultra high definition laparoscopic surgical tower at the Cypress Regional Hospital.

“That equipment brings Cypress Regional Hospital and therefore our region up to the standard that our residents deserve,” Dr. Kozroski said. “The high definition really makes a difference. You could imagine what maybe your cell phone photo might have looked like 15 years ago compared to what you can see now. The same on your computer screen or tablet. So if a physician only has 2D resolution, he’s going to be much happier with 4K high resolution.”

The two surgical theaters at the Cypress Regional Hospital perform approximately 2,100 surgeries annually, including 900 cataract and 1,200 other lifesaving procedures. Surgeons currently use laparoscopic surgery towers in a 2D format that were originally purchased in 2009. A new laparoscopic surgery tower using 4K technology will provide surgeons with the latest technology during surgical procedures.

“The surgery is much more accurate,” Dr. Steenkamp explained. “So the outcome for the patient is much better and because it’s done laparoscopically, it reduces recovery time and it also reduces anaesthetic time. So all in all, it’s better for the patient.”

In past years the Radiothon took place in the foyer of the Cypress Regional Hospital, but it was not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dekowny felt the clubhouse at Elmwood golf course provided a good alternative that allowed sufficient space for following COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“We had a great facility here.” he mentioned. “Elmwood golf course really stepped up and allowed us to social distance and keep things clean and keep people safe.”

Dekowny experienced some uncertainty before the event about achieving the fundraising target, because the Radiothon took place in the midst of a global pandemic.

“I thought it was going it be a big challenge,” he acknowledged. “You’ve goy the two ways to look at it. Everybody that usually spends tens of thousands of dollars going on holidays might have a bit of extra savings, because they can’t go anywhere. But there’s also the people that are hurting right now and have lost their jobs and are hired back on a smaller scale. So you didn’t know. To me, it was the unknown, for sure, but the people of the southwest should be so proud of what they did and how they’ve stepped up.”

The Radiothon was well supported  by the business community. They made corporate donations, and various businesses provided prize packages that were available to win if people called in to make donations.

The Radiothon was kicked off with a dollar for dollar match up to $20,000 from the Hanlon family. The Innovation Credit Union also provided a dollar for dollar match up to $30,000.

“It was a great corporate and citizen’s effort to raise this money,” he said.

This year’s event took place over two full days, from 9am to 5pm on Oct. 29, and from 6am to 5pm on Oct. 30. This is a change from last year, when it was only a 15-hour broadcast. According to Dekowny there were more donations this year, which was already noticeable on the first day of the broadcast. Healthcare foundation staff had to go back to their office to photocopy more receipt forms because there were not enough available at the Radiothon.

“We never thought in a million years that we’ll have this many donations,” he said. “It’s the southwest people. And not just Swift Current, but the whole southwest, right from Climax to Leader to Herbert to Maple Creek. They’ve all stepped up.”

Source: Prairie Post

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“Hollywood Finish” for the 2020 Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare

 

 

 

It’s what Jim Dekowny, the Regional Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation called a “Hollywood Finish”.

With minutes left in the 2020 Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare and just shy of hitting their $150,000 goal, in walked Doctors Kobus Steenkamp and Claire Kozroski from the Cypress Regional Medical Association with a last-minute $15,000 donation gathered from doctors who work in and around the southwest Saskatchewan healthcare system.

The donation in the last moments of the radiothon put the total up to 150,800 dollars, leaving Dekowny and others in attendance nearly speechless.

“You know, to go from 135,000 to 150,000 and the doctors association…you know the guys that look after us and that we deal with every day. it’s pretty cool that they’ve been able to take us over with their 15,000.

Doctor Kosroski however, put much of the credit on the people of the sou

thwest.

“To see these people; these residents from all the towns, villages, the city here in southwest Saskatchewan, it’s just marvellous. I know, people don’t have a lot of spare cash. But they’re obviously stepping up and we all have those same goals. We all want to be as healthy as we can as close to home as we can.”

The two-day event, held at the Elmwood Golf Course’s clubhouse, saw a number of special guests drop by; from Mayor Denis Perrault to members of the Hunter Brothers, and Brittany Brodziak; wife of Chicago Blackhawks forward and Maple Creek native Zack Smith.

Dekowny admitted that due to COVID-19, he was unsure if they’d be able to make this year’s goal of $150,000 but was pleasantly mistaken to learn that in many ways, the number of donations exceeded previous years in a few different ways.

“You’ve got two ways to look at it. Everybody that usually spends tens of thousands of dollars going on holidays might have little extra savings because they can’t go anywhere. But there are also the people that are hurting right now, and have lost their jobs or are hired back on a smaller scale. So for me, it was the unknown. But the people of the southwest should be so so proud of what they did and how they’ve stepped up.”

Source: Swift Current Online

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1977 Grad Reunion Committee Supports Healthcare

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is the Charity of Choice for many individuals and we’re pleased to announce the latest donation to our philanthropic work in Southwest Saskatchewan. Members of the 1977 Grad Reunion Committee presented the Foundation with a donation of $898.62. Pam Leifson and Heather Wiebe presented the cheque to Jim Dekowny, Executive Director- Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“We’re pleased to support the Foundation as healthcare is important to us all,” says Heather Wiebe-Grad 1977 Reunion Committee. “We had money reserved in our committee fund and we couldn’t think of a more deserving cause than healthcare to make this donation to as it will help many people in our region,” added Wiebe.

“All donations are appreciated and it’s great to see community support through various groups such as the Grad 1977 Reunion Committee,” said Jim Dekowny-Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “Each donation large or small helps the Foundation in the purchase of various life-saving equipment for our healthcare facilities in the Southwest”, states Dekowny.

Donations to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation are graciously accepted on-line, by mail or Call the office at (306)778-3314.

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Thank You to Our Virtual Black Tie Hockey Draft Sponsors

 

As our fundraising continues for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation we’re thankful to all of our donors and sponsors of our numerous campaigns. On August 10 we’re hosting the “Virtual Black Tie Hockey Draft” evening in support of the Renal Dialysis Unit of the Cypress Regional Hospital. A special Thank-You to our Major Sponsor Urban Cellars Swift Current and other partnering Sponsors; SaskTel, SWT, MNP, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Connect Hearing, Living Sky Casino and Molson Coors. Proceeds from this event will be shared with the Field of Dreams Sports Dinner & Swift Current Minor Baseball. Thank-You to all of the event participants and Sponsors for supporting healthcare in Southwest Saskatchewan.

 

 

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Memorial Tribute to Rotary House

Rotary House-The Hon. Jack Wiebe Habitat for Healthcare provides a valuable service for patients travelling in for day surgery in Swift Current or family members visiting a loved one at the Cypress Regional Hospital or neighboring Meadows long term care facility. Since the doors opened to this six bed hospice in 2007 hundreds of guests have stayed at this “home away from home.” One of those families showing their appreciation for Rotary House are the children of the late Harold and Armande Crisp, whose parents both passed away from cancer.

“The last few months of 2019 were slowly getting more painful and Harold entered the new health system. Our friends at the Abbey and Shackleton Hutterite Colonies had been involved in the construction of Rotary House a few years back, so it was with great comfort Don and Denise were able to stay for many nights-We found this to be a HOME. Family and a home were always first priority for Mum and Dad. The staff went beyond their job scope to help us feel relaxed and at peace at a time when Dad was needing us nearby. On December 26, 2019 Dad left us to be greeted by Mum forever in her arms,” stated Don Crisp.

“Now we would like to make a donation to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation in the amount of $1000.00 in Memory of Harold and Armande Crisp. Knowing that this Foundation will carry on for many years we ask that the residents of the South West and beyond continue to support its’ mandate in any way possible. Our intent is to continue with a yearly donation to this wonderful cause, and help with any FUTURE needs within the foundations goals,” said Don Crisp, Denise & Kelly Bradford and Family.

“Heartfelt donations such as this make our philanthropic work such a pleasure knowing that a small gesture of welcoming out of town guests to Rotary House has made an impact on families,” says Jim Dekowny- Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “Guests have the opportunity to relax in a homelike setting at an affordable price while being within walking distance of the Cypress Regional Hospital and the Meadows. And we as hosts are happy to make their stay as comfortable as possible,” added Dekowny.

Rotary House- The Hon. Jack Wiebe Habitat for Healthcare is one of many fundraising initiatives of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. For more information or to make a donation in support of Southwest Saskatchewan healthcare, visit our website: https://drirwinfoundation.com/

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Go Fund Me Campaign Supports Mental Health Unit

The fundraising continues for Healthcare in Southwest Saskatchewan as the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has launched a “Go Fund Me Campaign” with proceeds assisting the Mental Health Unit of the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. The goal of this campaign is set at $ 9,500 and the Foundation is excited to announce The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company is assisting with the launch of this fundraiser.

“We are happy to give a $5,000 donation to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation to help fund urgent and growing needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to help kick off the funding for the Mental Health Unit,” says Carla Traill-Community, Sponsorship & Events Coordinator, The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. “This donation is part of a larger giving campaign at Wawanesa Insurance called Caring Together – an initiative that includes donations to hospital foundations, United Way centres, Canadian Red Cross, and True North Aid, in the places where we work and live,” said Traill.

“We’re pleased to have Wawanesa help us launch this campaign with only $4,500 remaining to reach our goal,” says Jim Dekowny, Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “Mental Health is a priority for everyone and an important area of the healthcare services offered at the Cypress Regional Hospital. This is a crucial fundraiser for the health and well being of all residents of our Region, as Mental Health is a fact of life which should be openly discussed and treated with the utmost care and respect for all individuals,” added Dekowny.

Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians will directly experience a mental health problem or illness and this is a reality in Southwest Saskatchewan with the Mental Health Unit at the Cypress Regional Hospital helping clients who are requiring acute/crisis mental health care on a daily basis. Now with increased stressful events such as COVID-19, many individuals can find these situations even more challenging and can result in a higher number of patients admitted to the local hospital. Therefore, as we continue to work together as a community and partners in healthcare across the Southwest, we’re asking for your support in assisting the Mental Health Unit in Swift Current. Donations to the “Go Fund Me Campaign for the Mental Health Unit” are graciously accepted at: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/mental-health-unit-fundraiser1

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