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Wellington woodcarvers cook up another $500 for County hospital

Foundation Chair Monica Alyea accepts $500 from the WOTL Woodcrafters group in their wood shed at Wellington on the Lake. John Jacono photo

The Wellington on the Lake Woodcrafters carved up their annual donation to the PECMH Foundation by presenting $500 to Foundation Board Chair Monica Alyea on Tuesday. The funds were raised at the 19th annual Wellington on the Lake Woodcrafters chicken barbecue held every year in May. More than 240 meals were feasted upon by the residents and guests.

The 25-member Woodcrafters group has asked this donation be designated to offset the purchase of a replacement colonoscope for the County Hospital’s Endoscopy Department. Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is the regional low-risk endoscopic centre where more than 3,200 scopes are performed annually. Replacement scopes are continually needed to keep this service efficient and of high-quality. The colonoscope, slated for replacement this year will cost $27,154, and is part of the Foundation’s current Picture of Health Campaign. Medical equipment is not funded by the government.

“The purpose of the Foundation is to improve the quality of patient care in our community by raising money for the priority equipment at our hospital,” said Alyea. “The foundation plays a critical role in providing funding for essential, specialized equipment like for this colonoscope. The Wellington on the Lake Woodcrafters gift will go a long way toward improving care for residents in our community who need a routine scope, close to home. Thank you to the Woodcrafters who year after year continue to support our fundraising. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference in the care you and your family receive.”

The Woodcrafters have been designating the proceeds of their chicken barbecue to the foundation since 2005. With this donation, their cumulative giving total rises to $4,767.90 – just $230 away from earning a plaque on the foundation’s donor recognition wall. The group have already started to plan its 20th anniversary barbecue for 2018.

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