EMBRUN — Last fall, the community joined together with the Shoppers Drug Mart team in Embrun for a successful fundraising campaign to support women’s health at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH).
Donations to the 2019 LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug MartTM campaign will be directed to the WDMH Foundation’s Digital Mammography Fund.
In all, $3,496 was raised.
“We’re thrilled with the success of the campaign. Each year, our customers and staff demonstrate their generosity and their commitment to supporting women in our community, and we couldn’t be prouder of everyone’s contribution,” said owner Samy Gobran. “WDMH plays an important role in our community and the proceeds from this year’s campaign will go a long way to helping them further that work.”
“Thank you to this incredible team and to all of the customers who supported the campaign,” added Cindy Peters, the Foundation’s Manager of Direct Mail and Events.
In 2019, over 500 Women’s Health charities across Canada will benefit from the campaign’s proceeds with 100 per cent of funds staying in the community where they are raised.
In its news release on this donation, the Foundation offers its standard observation that “many people are surprised to learn that the provincial government does not fund the purchase of medical equipment for Ontario hospitals” — necessitating ongoing fundraising activities to supply needed equipment at WDMH. (Editor’s note: We would hope the ‘government’ reevaluates leaving the funding of Ontario hospital equipment in the hands of private donors exclusively during this time of COVID-19. Does anyone know if the province has, for example, paid for any of the ventilators now in service in Ontario? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org)