Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:40

Brooks Health Foundation half way to its $1.5 million goal for dialysis unit

Written by  Jamie Rieger
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Thanks to incredible community support, the Brooks and District Health Foundation is well on its way to raising enough money for a six-bed dialysis unit.

"The community support has been amazing and have really stepped up," said Diane Declercq, chair of the Brooks and District Health Foundation.
The foundation is halfway through a five-year campaign to raise $1.5 million for the unit that Alberta Health Services has scheduled for the Brooks Health Centre for 2020.
To date, $797,000 has been raised by local service clubs, businesses, youth groups, individuals, and one very generous donor who wants to remain anonymous.
"A generous, anonymous donor said he would match up to $85,000 with $25,000 going to the dialysis unit and the rest going to some of our other projects," said Declercq, adding that as of the end of January, they had surpassed the $90,000 mark and the anonymous donor increased his ceiling to $100,000.
The overall cost of the project is set at $3.6 million, with the foundation and province each contributing $1.5 million. $600,000 above that is being earmarked for the operations budget.
The foundation is also planning the first annual “Hooked on Dialysis” Denim & Boots fundraising event scheduled for June 1, ahead of the Brooks Kinsmen Rodeo.
They are planning to have bands, live/silent auctions, dinner, and a dance and are hoping to have 500 people attend.
At this time they are looking for donations for the auctions, particularly donations of "experience packages".
"We have things like fly-fishing lessons and guided hunting; lots of fun stuff being donated," said Declercq. "We're trying to make it unique and create public awareness to some of the things in our area that people may not be aware of."
Besides the fundraising for the six-bed dialysis unit, the foundation is also planning to do upgrades to the A1 Lounge and to the solarium at the long-term care facility.

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