The first draw for the Western Hospital Foundation’s new weekly 50-50 lottery will be on Monday, January 8.
The Foundation launched its latest fundraiser this week, distributing toonie boxes and registration slips to local businesses.
The boxes and the one-time-only registration slips are located at Bray’s Independent in Alberton, Bloomfield Foodland, Elmsdale Corner Gas, Profit’s Corner Ultramar, Tignish Co-op Gas Bar, Royal Star Foods and at Western Hospital’s registration counter.
“It’s raising money for the hospital and sharing benefits with members of the community,” Foundation member Krystyna Pottier said in explaining the lottery’s value.
It costs a toonie to enter the draw each week. Participants simply print the number they were assigned upon registering on a sticker and attach it to their toonie. Half of the money deposited goes to lucky participants in winnings, and the other half goes to the hospital foundation to assist with the cost of purchasing equipment for Western Hospital.
“It’s a job that’s never finished, really,” said Pottier, explaining there is always a need for new and replacement equipment. Purchases in the past year included four replacement beds at $8,000 each three new dialysis treatment chairs at $5,000 each and two Broada sitting chairs at $2,500 each. A $35,000 Point-of-Care ultrasound unit for the Emergency Room and four more replacement beds have been identified as needs for this year. Big-ticket items on the list for coming years include 16 more beds ($128,000), an analyzer for the lab ($100,000), 30 replacement IV pumps ($135,000 ) and automatic medication dispensing cabinets ($140,000).
All other fundraising activities will continue as usual.