The 15th annual 97.7 Moose FM North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary Radiothon is being held later this week.
Debbie Speck, a worker with the Auxiliary, says she’s excited to see the event return. “During COVID, we weren’t able to have our Radiothon two years ago,” Speck says. “So, we’re very happy to be back at it.”
All the proceeds from the Radiothon will go towards buying new equipment.
“We’re fundraising this year for seven vital sign monitors,” Speck says, “which track patients’ vital signs while they’re at the hospital – their blood pressure, oxygen levels and things like that.”
Other members of the auxiliary have called these monitors “critical” to keeping the hospital functional, and Speck says it’s not the only important piece of equipment they’re trying to purchase.
“We’re also fundraising for a Piccolo Xpress Blood Analyzer,” she explains, “and that’s also used in the emergency department.” Analyzers like those provide instant, accurate blood test results, and can cost as much as $18,000.
According to Speck, the total needed to buy the equipment comes out to $50,000. Last year’s Radiothon brought in more than $40,000, setting an all-time record for the event.
This year’s Radiothon is taking place Friday, August 12th, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The live broadcast is happening outside Price Ford on Hastings Street in Bancroft.