The Charity Road Race has played out in a much different way for the past two years as once again it was conducted as a virtual run with participants running on their own or with a few friends while appropriately social distancing. The race took place from August 15 to 31.
“We were not sure what to expect with a repeat of a Virtual Road Race, given the environment we are living in with Covid-19. However, the Charity Road Race was very successful," said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation.
In large part the event was successful because Geoff Propp, Vice President and General Manager of Harvest Meats, promoted the run and collected pledges.
The Farming for Health committee is pleased to announce that the 2021 crop had a net yield of 29.4 bushels of Nexera canola per acre.
“Given the year and the lack of rain, we consider this to be a very successful result from our harvest,” said Larry Hilworth, Co-chair of the Farming for Health Committee. “I think Al Mitchell, our co-chair, with AgraTactics Agronomy, did a great job planning our crop.”
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).
Virtual again in 2021
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 GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon was held in April 2021. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward medical equipment.
The annual gala is being tentatively planned for October, if permitted under Covid-19 guidelines. 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.
Cancelled for 2021
The annual Charity Golf Classic will be held at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton June 4. Golfers and sponsors raise money to buy medical equipment for facilities in the region.
Cancelled for 2021
The barbeque and music festival is held in late July at the Exhibition Grounds in Yorkton. It is a free and family-friendly event with something for everyone, from bbq meats and sides to live music..
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.