June 24, 25 and 26
The barbeque and music festival moves to late June this year at the Exhibition Grounds. It is a free and family-friendly event with something for everyone, from bbq meats and sides to live music..
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 is being planned for October. It's a much-anticipated late fall social evening with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.
Spring, summer and fall
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.
April 25 and 26
The annual GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon will again be held in April. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward medical equipment.
The annual Charity Golf Classic will be held at York Lake Golf Course in Yorkton June 9. Golfers and sponsors raise money to buy medical equipment for facilities in the region.
The 21st Charity Golf Classic was held June 9 at York Lake Golf Course in Yorkton and was a huge success with golfers and sponsors raising money to buy medical equipment for the regional hospital in Yorkton. This year the proceeds will assist the purchase of digital microscopy equipment for the lab.
The tournament is able to raise significant funds because of golfers who collect pledges, and business sponsors who cover the tournament costs. The Charity Golf Classic has purchased $1,515,000 worth of equipment in 21 years.
“This was our first year at York Lake, and they did an awesome job; they treated us well and all the little touches to make us feel welcome. Our golfers enjoyed the 12-hole format,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. “The format makes it a slightly shorter day, but still enables everyone to have a great day socializing, participating in a great event and enjoy a day of golf.”
“We like how this tournament is run, the proceeds purchase medical equipment that will be used by people from throughout the health region, where many of our clients, customers and employees live” said Bruce Thurston, General Manager of Legacy Co-op.
“Healthcare is a good cause, because eventually everyone will use the healthcare system, and when we need it we want good facilities and equipment. That’s why Legacy Co-op is a sponsor of this event, and why I personally golf in it."
The business community provides great support for the charity Golf Classic with 28 businesses providing sponsorship and many others providing prizes. There were 14 volunteers out during the day of the tournament to make sure everything ran smoothly.
The top three fundraisers this year were:
The Health Foundation extends a very sincere thank you to each and every golfer for their tremendous efforts to raise funds to improve healthcare in our communities.
From the left, Steve Procyshen, Randy Prokopchuk, Dave Dutcheshen. In back: HF Co-chair Kris Sapara.
A Fort Qu'Appelle resident won the main prize of $1,000 a week for a year in the 2022 Health Foundation lottery when the draw was held May 27. Dawn Rumancik's name was drawn for the $52,000 prize.
The winner of the 50/50 draw, with total prize money of $19,640, was Karen Scanie of Lestock.
Other winners were:
The Health Foundation has received an extremely generous donation of $10,000 from Lorne and Charmaine Dwernychuk. The donation will be used to assist the purchase of new equipment needed in the ICU.
"Both my mother and father spent time in the ICU in the Yorkton Hospital and they received excellent care while they were there," Mr. Dwernychuk said. "My father actually passed away while he was in the ICU. We are very grateful for the care they received, and after thinking about it we decided to make a donation. We hope it might help buy equipment the nurses need, and hopefully that helps other people who become patients there."
"This is a very thoughtful and generous donation that we are very grateful to receive," said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. "There are several pieces of equipment for which we are raising the funds to purchase for the ICU, and this donation will really help. ICU equipment is used every day by people that are critically ill who need intensive care. This donation will help many people."
"We are especially grateful when people step forward like this to recognize the outstanding work the nurses and staff do in the ICU," Mr. Fisher added. "Much of the equipment in the hospital is purchased by donations, and generous donations like this provide a great example to others. We are grateful for that."
Photo above: Mr. and Mrs. Dwernychuk, centre, with ICU staff and Ross Fisher of the Health Foundation (at right).
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.