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Law firm donation helps to start new fundraising campaign for health care

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Law firm MacBean Tessem made a donation of $10,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, May 10. Pictured, from left to right, MacBean Tessem partners Logan Spearing, Ryan Henderson, Jakob Wiebe and Foster Tessem with Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson. Law firm MacBean Tessem made a donation of $10,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, May 10. Pictured, from left to right, MacBean Tessem partners Logan Spearing, Ryan Henderson, Jakob Wiebe and Foster Tessem with Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson. Matthew Liebenberg

A simple phone call can make a big difference to provide quality healthcare to residents in southwest Saskatchewan.


A recent call from Swift Current law firm MacBean Tessem to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation resulted in a donation of $10,000 to the foundation’s new fundraising campaign.
The partners at MacBean Tessem made the cheque presentation to Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson at the law offices in downtown Swift Current, May 10.
“It was as easy as answering the phone one day last week,” Thompson said. “The law firm gave us a call and said ‘Hey, we’d like to do some stuff through the Foundation, are you interested?’ and you never say no to that.”
This donation kicked off the Healthcare Foundation’s new fundraising campaign for equipment at the Cypress Regional Hospital.
“We’re working on a project this year to upgrade the maternity department at the Cypress Regional Hospital and this will help kick off the campaign for our fundraising efforts there,” he said. “There’s about $100,000 worth of equipment needed up there in new beds and some different things, and so we dedicated this year to that.”
The goal is to raise funds to purchase three new birthing beds for the maternity ward at the hospital.
“The existing ones came over when the hospital moved 10 years ago,” he said. “So it’s time. They need a new baby fetal monitor, and they also would like another infant warmer.”
The Healthcare Foundation is also hoping to receive enough funds for the purchase of a mobile ultrasound unit for the hospital’s emergency room.
“We’re hoping to get quite a few more calls,” Thompson said. “It’s always nice when we get an opportunity to get a gift from a group like this from MacBean’s office, because it helps to leverage the community and let people know that there’s an opportunity and encourages others to do the same.”
According to MacBean Tessem partner Foster Tessem the company wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the community.
“We’ve been in practice since 1905, this firm has been in the community, and we just felt it was a way to say thanks to the citizens of Swift Current, the surrounding community,” he said. “It’s been a real privilege for us to practice law in this community and so we thought of ways to give back to the community and we know Clay and the work that the Foundation has done, and just felt this was time to do it.”
An important consideration in making the donation to the Healthcare Foundation is that healthcare touches the lives of so many people.
“We meet clients in nursing homes, we see the work that the Foundation is doing in the city, that it’s just such an integral part of our health care,” he said. “It just really meets the needs or trying to meet the needs of our citizens. Things are getting tight all over and any way that we can help, that’s what we wanted to do.”
Thompson noted the Healthcare Foundation welcomes all financial contributions, regardless of how big or small the amount is.
“There’s enough people around that if everybody could do a little bit, it goes a long ways,” he said. “It’s nice to get the nice $10,000 gifts, but it’s nice to get a $100 gift or a $1,000 gift as well, because every little bit helps when we’re trying to gather funds for a good cause and so this helps to encourage others to support as well.”
The Healthcare Foundation will also be working closely with the community of Leader this year to continue raising funds to equip and furnish the new integrated health facility in that community. Construction is currently taking place and the project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.
“We’ve actually been working with the group at Leader now about two years,” he said. “So they’ve done a couple of fundraising projects in 2015 and last year. They’re about a third of the way along on their fundraising goal now, but we’re going to sort of kick up over the next few weeks and get something going with them out there, and hopefully the community continues to support.”

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Matthew Liebenberg

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