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Picton Kinsmen’s ‘drive’ for new hospital raises $15,000

Pictured in front of the PECM Hospital from left, are: Kinsmen Wayne Fenemore; Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign chairperson; Terry Deroche; Brent Timm; Ross Lindsay; Ray Prevost and Kinsmen Phil St- Jean with Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. Briar Boyce photo

The Kinsmen Club of Picton has scored a hole-in-one for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (PECMHF) Back the Build campaign.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club’s annual golf tournament came back stronger than ever uniting 96 golfers who demonstrated their community spirit, generosity and commitment to philanthropic causes in the County – including equipping the new hospital.

The sold-out tournament in June raised $15,000 for major equipment purchases needed for the new hospital. This is the first year the Kinsmen Club of Picton has designated a portion of the proceeds from its annual tournament.

In 2012, the Kinsmen presented $5,000 to the digital mammography campaign. Today’s gift brings the Kinsmen’s cumulative giving to $20,554.

“Fundraising activities like this tournament, help the foundation reach our goal of equipping our new hospital,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “The Kinsmen’s gift today will also go toward smart technology initiatives and environmental sustainability enhancements that are being considered for the new hospital.

“The ongoing support from all of our local service clubs is another excellent example of the collaborative effort underway across Prince Edward County to help get our new, leading-edge hospital built.”

The hospital foundation is raising $6M over the next five years to equip the new hospital with major medical devices like a computerized tomography (CT) scanner, digital mammography equipment, and a new digital radiography machine. These funds are part of the foundation’s $27M Back the Build Campaign.

“We are privileged to be in a position to make this gift that will purchase equipment for the County’s new hospital,” said Terry DeRoche co-chairperson of the Kinsmen Club of Picton’s golf committee. “When complete, our new hospital will be a foundational benefit and lasting legacy to future generations and improve the health and lives of everyone in our community.”

The Picton Kinsmen Club includes 23 members who raise funds through many events throughout the year including the Thursday night bingo and the annual golf tournament. Over the past five years, the Kinsmen have invested more than $100,000 into the community and are proud to state that 90 per cent of the funds they raise stay in the County.

“We are tremendously grateful to our very generous donors, sponsors, golf committee members, board members and the numerous volunteers who helped to make the day inspiring and memorable,” said Gary Davidson, co-chairperson of the Picton Kinsmen Club’s golf committee. “The tournament is a fun time and always creates a generous atmosphere.”

The club thanks everyone who made the golf tournament possible.

Meanwhile, plans are well underway for the new hospital, a 96Ksq-ft facility with 20 in-patient beds. It will feature leading-edge infection control and ventilation, wider halls for modern medical equipment, and larger patient rooms. More information can be found by visiting www.backthebuild.ca

 

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