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Lethbridge: Radio-a-thon raises over $234K
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By Martin, Tijana on February 17, 2017.

Tijana Martin

Lethbridge Herald

tmartin@lethbridgeherald.com

It’s not every day that you see all the local radio stations working together but when they do, it’s a beautiful thing.

Since the inaugural event eight years ago, the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million through the Care from the Heart Day Radio-a-thon.

“That’s a huge amount of money and all of that stays right here for the benefit of our hospital,” said Jason VandenHoek, executive director of the CRH Foundation.

On Thursday, 98.1 The Bridge, 94.1 CJOC, 106.7 Rock, Kiss 107.7 and Country 95.5 broadcast live from the hospital’s atrium from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s a very unique initiative really to this city,” said VandenHoek. “The fact that we can get all six local radio stations working together to kind of help one cause – that being the hospital – that’s pretty exciting and it’s kind of unheard of in other markets, so we’re really proud of that.”

In the past year, the foundation has disbursed more than $1.3 million towards state-of-the-art health-care equipment and the goal for this year’s event was to raise $230,000.

Renovations are underway to help improve the mental health area and VandenHoek noted funds from this year’s event will be used to help with the renovation costs.

“We just think it’s a really important piece of our hospital right now that needs some attention, so we’re happy to be able to do that.”

By Thursday night, more than $234,000 had been raised for the CRH Foundation.

“We’re so lucky to have such a generous community and business community. Each year we’re surprised and really humbled by the folks that step up and help us,” said VandenHoek. “We wouldn’t do this every year if we didn’t think our community wanted to support the hospital and we just thank everybody for giving.”

Donations for the CRH Foundation are accepted all year at www.crhfoundation.ca. Donations for Care from the Heart will be accepted online for the next few days or by calling the office at 403-388-6001.

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