Christmas is a time we reflect and think about the past year, and about the blessings in our life.
It is a time to think about what is important, and maybe even how we can help make our part of the world a better place. Perhaps that’s deciding to volunteer, helping someone in need or making a donation that you know will help other people.
Your local Health Foundation continues to fund the purchase of vital medical equipment, as well provide funding for staff to take special training to work in hard-to-recruit areas in our hospital.
During this holiday season -- a time filled with gratitude, hope and the joy of giving -- think about the difference you might make in someone’s life, and make a special holiday donation.
Please give generously. Only you know what you can afford to give, but if you are able, today is the time to make your donation.
“This was an amazing year for our Farming for Health project,” said Wade McNeil, Farming for Health committee Co-Chair. “We had donations of time and product that allowed us to realize a really great year and raise $298,236.”
“We have had a strong core group on our organizing committee for several years now, and their commitment allows us to have success for the community.”
“What I love about this project is that it brings together businesses and people who are in competition with each other, but they all put that aside and work together because this project is about making our community a better place. It’s good to be a part of that,” Mr. McNeil added.
“This is our core group, but there are many other businesses that help, from providing lunches and supper in the field, to providing equipment or staff, and the farm families who bring combines to help with harvest. The agriculture community recognizes this project is for the community, it buys equipment for the Yorkton Regional Hospital that everyone in this area uses. It is wonderful to see how the agriculture community is prepared to step up.”
This was the 11th year for the Ag Community Farming for Health project. The first five years were dedicated to raising and setting aside $1million for a new hospital. For the next six years the project has purchased equipment for the hospital. The first 10 years raised $2,039,552, and with this great year the grand total is $2,337,588. The equipment purchased helps hospital staff and makes a difference in people’s lives right away.
Net year the funds are likely going toward the new hospital to which the government has committed. A new hospital is coming; which is exciting news for everyone in this region. "We want to be part of that and we recognize the community will have to financially support a new hospital," Mr. McNeil pointed out.
This year local implement dealers Pattison Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Equipment, Mazur Group and Canada West Harvest Centre as well as Larry Hilworth and Ford Family Farms harvested the crop.
Legacy Co-op donated the fuel, Cargill provided fertilizer, Miccar Aerial applied fungicide as needed, BASF provided fungicides, Synergy Ag provided glyphosate, City of Yorkton donated the land, Corteva provided our canola seed, AVT Transport hauled our grain and Louis Dreyfus Company bought our crop. Agratactics Agronomy provided the agronomic services
A total of 170 registered runners and walkers participated in the Charity Road Race on Sunday, August 20.
"Every year we set goals for the year, and we successfully met our goals this year," Health Foundation Executive Director Ross Fisher noted. Those goals were:
This year the funds raised will assist the purchase of an echocardiogram for the Yorkton Regional Hospital.
The top fundraiser was Geoff Propp, left, who raised $10,002.55. He is thanked by Ross Fisher.
Whether you want to run 2k, 5k, 10k or 21k and compete against others, or walk 5k at your own pace, the Charity Road Race and Community Walk lets you compete and contribute.
The annual gala was held in October. It's a much-anticipated late fall social evening with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.
Each spring local agri-businesses and people seed the crop, and harvest it in fall. The result is that Farming for Health has raised more than $1 million in its first five years. And still going strong.
The 2023 Charity Golf Classic held at York Lake Golf Club raised $55,620 to buy medical equipment for the regional hospital in Yorkton.
The annual GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon was held in April. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward medical equipment.
The Health Foundation greatly appreciates the support of individuals, businesses and organizations who make it possible for us to purchase critical equipment to improve healthcare throughout east-central Saskatchewan. Please consider making a donation today.
The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.
Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.
The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.