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Yarmouth Hospital Foundation radiothon goes Feb. 7 on Y95-CJLS

An image from the 2018 WE CARE Radiothon in the lobby of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, where visitors had a chance to donate to the cause. This year’s radiothon is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7.
An image from the 2018 WE CARE Radiothon in the lobby of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, where visitors had a chance to donate to the cause. This year’s radiothon is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7. - Eric Bourque

Once again the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation is asking tri-county residents to tune in to Y95 to raise money for essential equipment for the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

This year’s WE CARE Radiothon will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, with Y95-CJLS broadcasting from the hospital lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The aim is to raise enough money to purchase equipment that will benefit health care across Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties, says Jeff Little, chair of the radiothon committee. The big-ticket item this year is a mechanical ventilator with a neonatal mode for respiratory services at the Yarmouth hospital. Any extra money raised will go to equipment for the maternal child department.

“The community support we’ve achieved in our first two WE CARE radiothons has been fantastic,” Little said. “We had no idea what to expect in our first year. We were hoping to raise $35,000 towards the cost of a portable ultrasound machine for ICU, but, by the end of the day, donations poured in to tally $93,000. That meant we could fund the entire amount of the ultrasound and go on to purchase other badly needed pieces of equipment. Last year we did even better and raised $105,000 for equipment in the maternal child department.”

Little stresses that any money raised above and beyond the cost of the targeted equipment goes to pay for other items on the hospital’s list of critically needed equipment.

“The impact of the radiothon on health care in southwestern Nova Scotia has been absolutely huge,” said Eric Whynot, regional station manager for Y95. “The fact that we can look after our own communities and be able to raise substantial money in one day is remarkable and it’s certainly a pleasure for Y95 to be part of this special day.”

“Obviously the radiothon wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiastic support of Y95 and the station’s staff,” Little said, “just as it wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, the dedication of the radiothon committee and the great group of people — from board members to students — who come out on the day to put on our red scrubs and make everything come together.

“We couldn’t do it without everyone pulling together to support health care in southwestern Nova Scotia — our sponsors, the folks who walk in with generous cheques, the seniors and families who give what they can, students, the people who contribute their parking change. It’s unbelievable what a community can do when we pull together.”

There are a number of ways to make a donation to the WE CARE Radiothon:

  • Call the WE CARE hotline — 1-844-866-6464.
  • In person in the Yarmouth Regional Hospital lobby — look for the Donation Station sign.
  • Online — yarmouthhospitalfoundation.ca.

Tune into Y95 at 95.5 in Yarmouth, 93.5 Digby and 96.3 Shelburne. And watch for live streaming and updates on Facebook.

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