The Health Foundation received an extremely generous donation of $150,000 from Mrs. Evelyn Pidhorney. The donation will be used to assist the purchase of the new operating room and lab equipment that is critically needed in the hospital.
“This is an exceptional and generous donation, that we are very grateful to receive,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. “The equipment Mrs. Pidhorney is helping us purchase will be used every day, and benefit thousands of people every year. Literally thousands of people will benefit directly and her generosity will also have a very positive impact for the community generally.”
“I’m in my 80s now and thought since I’m in a position to make larger donations, now is a good time. I would like to see how my money is used and know it will benefit my community,” said Mrs Pidhorney. “The important thing to me is that I want my money to be used locally, to benefit the community I’ve lived in.”
“I think it is important to consider what you can do to help your community when you are planning your estate or getting to a stage in your life where you can make larger donations,” continued Mrs. Pidhorney. “I hope other people think about how they might help their community as well.”
“We are very fortunate at the Foundation to meet people like Evelyn who genuinely want to help others and receive nothing in return. Donations like this are remarkable as they are so selfless; Mrs. Pidhorney obviously wants to help her community and the people who live in this area,” said Mr. Fisher.
“This donation covers half the cost of the equipment we need to buy, and I trust we will raise the remainder of the money needed quickly. People respond to this kind of leadership, it will lend momentum to our fundraising campaign,” continued Mr. Fisher. “Of course, this equipment will be able to move to the new hospital when it is built.”
Evelyn Pidhorney faced many challenges in her life, but she didn’t let those challenges impede her or define her. Evelyn had polio when she was very young which left her with mobility challenges and she needed braces and crutches most of her life.
Mrs. Pidhorney was a very determined woman. She knew she would face challenges in her life and wanted to put herself in a position to deal with them. She took correspondence courses to obtain her accounting degree and was eventually able to open her own business, E & P Agencies, and provided people with income tax, insurance and investment advice and service.
Mrs. Pidhorney and Ross Fisher of The Health Foundation.
The Charity Road Race played out in a much different way this year; it was conducted as a virtual run with participants running on their own or with a few friends while appropriately social distancing. It raised funds for surgical equipment at the regional hospital in Yorkton.
To ensure the safety of our supporters, sponsors, volunteers and staff, The Health Foundation has cancelled the annual Gala planned for October, after previously cancelling three major summer events: The Charity Golf Classic in June, Rhythm 'n Ribs in July and the Road Race and Community Walk in August.
“It is clear that Covid-19 is still with us and will be for some time, and that means people should continue to social distance and be smart in their actions. We are The Health Foundation, and it would be inappropriate for us to send out mixed messages by holding an event so we want to be clear in our message to people that they need to continue to social distance,” Gala committee chair Diane Rusnak stated in announcing the cancellation.
"This would have been our 25th anniversary Gala and we were very much looking forward to it. Hopefully a year from now we will be organizing Gala again."
The events have been successful fundraising events for the Foundation, but as importantly, have allowed us to have fun with friends and family.
If you have previously attended these events, or sponsored participants, we would greatly appreciate it if you would consideration making a donation instead.
A pandemic is something none of us have gone through before; it is a completely new experience and can be a little scary. We have been very fortunate here in Saskatchewan, but when we look at the world around us we see how devastating COVID-19 can be.
The equipment needed for COVID-19 is mostly being funded by government. There are a few secondary items needed to support patients, residents and frontline staff that the Health Authority has asked the Foundation to purchase. That equipment is for the Yorkton Regional Hospital and also the long-term care facilities in this region.
However, almost all the equipment for which we are raising funds this year will maintain and enhance the services available at the Yorkton Hospital.
The 14th annual GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon will be held April 27 and 28. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward buying medical equipment.
Cancelled for 2020
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 2020
The fourth barbeque and music festival is held July 24, 25 and 26 at the Exhibition Grounds in Yorkton. It is a free and family-friendly event with something for everyone.
Cancelled for 2020
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 August 16.
Cancelled for 2020
The annual gala is 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 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.