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Healthcare Foundation continues fundraising for the Meadows

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The Swift Current Kiwanis Club made a $25,000 donation towards the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation's Welcome Home campaign to equip the new long-term care facility in the city. Pictured during the presentation on June 14, Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson (centre) thanks Kiwanis First Vice President Travis Cuthbert while Kiwanis President Larry Johnson looks on. The Swift Current Kiwanis Club made a $25,000 donation towards the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation's Welcome Home campaign to equip the new long-term care facility in the city. Pictured during the presentation on June 14, Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson (centre) thanks Kiwanis First Vice President Travis Cuthbert while Kiwanis President Larry Johnson looks on.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is still raising funds to equip the Meadows, even though the first group of residents already moved into the new long-term care facility in Swift Current in early June.


“The campaign is still ongoing,” Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson said. “The full-out promotional part of the campaign was done the end of May. So the radio advertisements and some of our newspaper print ads and that type of thing have stopped now, but the campaign is still open.”
The fundraising efforts received another financial boost on June 14 when the Swift Current Kiwanis Club presented a cheque of $25,000 to the campaign.
The presentation was done by Swift Current Kiwanis President Larry Johnson and First Vice-President Travis Cuthbert.
According to Cuthbert the money for this donation was raised through the club’s general fundraising activities, including apple sales, Christmas tree sales and the lobsterfest, which the Kiwanis members have been involved with during the past two years in association with the Rotary Club of Swift Current.
A number of Kiwanis members will also make their own contributions towards the Healthcare Foundation’s Welcome Home campaign for the Meadows.
“Members have pledged to match that over and above what the club has done,” Thompson said. “We had several members come forward and commit to that. So it’s going quite well for us.”
The Healthcare Foundation will continue to accept financial support from community members towards the Welcome Home campaign into the near future.
“We’re going to continue to encourage the community to support until the end of this year for sure and then ongoing into the future of course, since we weren’t able to help out to the point that they could open with all brand new equipment,” he said.
He noted used equipment from the older long-term care facilities in Swift Current will be moved to the Meadows, which will require replacement in years to come.
“It’s all on a life-expectancy, so it will need to be replaced as we go forward,” he said. “Probably nothing in the really short term, but over the next two to five years there’s going to have to be a replacement of a bunch of the equipment that has been transferred across. We would sure encourage people to continue keeping long-term care on their radar so that we can support some of those purchases in the future.”
The Healthcare Foundation’s goal has been to raise around $5 million to furnish and equip the new long-term care facility in Swift Current. So far it has received just under $3 million in donations.
“We still have some prospects out there that we’re hoping will help us,” he said. “We will continue on and if we can gather another $1 million to $1.5 million over the next two years that would be fabulous, because that would allow for the replacement of some of that equipment that’s coming across now.”
The Healthcare Foundation continues to receive a number of donations on a weekly basis. The amounts vary, but they are all important and appreciated.
“One week two or three cheques come through the mail, the next week we will have four, five or six cheques come through in the mail,” he said. “Everything from $100 to actually we got a gift come in today for $10,000. ... We appreciate that support.”
According to Thompson the Healthcare Foundation’s own feasibility study, which was done before last fall’s launch of the Welcome Home campaign, indicated $4 million was a realistic fundraising goal.
He believes the drop in the oil price and the consequent weakening of the economy had an impact on the campaign.
“We had no control over that,” he said. “All we can do is work harder in different areas and that is exactly what our volunteers have been doing and frankly with some pretty good results.”

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