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‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’ to Back the Build

Pictured in front of PECM Hospital are members of the Rotary Club of Wellington joined by members of the PECMH Foundation Board and Campaign Cabinet.

With ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’ being declared Rotary International’s presidential theme for 2020/21, members of Wellington’s club seized an opportunity to support the building of a new hospital in Prince Edward County.

The theme encourages Rotarians around the world to embrace opportunities that enrich their lives and the communities in which they serve.

As opportunity knocked, members of the Rotary Club of Wellington answered Friday, with a club pledge of $400,000 to help the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Back the Build for the new hospital.

Representatives presented members of the PECMH Foundation team with the first pledge installment of $100,000.

The waiting area in the emergency department of the new hospital will be named in recognition of the club’s generous support.

“A new hospital will not only replace an aging building, it will ensure patients of the hospital continue to have access to quality health care, close to home,” said David Smith, president of the Wellington Rotary Foundation and lead volunteer on the club’s new hospital fundraising team.

Wellington Rotarians have been actively fundraising for the new hospital for more than three years. Smith is proud to say the club is within $130,000 of reaching its $400,000 goal for the campaign, thanks to the support of community members and the Friends of Wellington Rotary.

“PECMHF is so fortunate to be supported by the Wellington Rotarians, who demonstrate incredible passion for local health care,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “All of their fundraisers have been planned and executed entirely by them. We are extremely grateful for their ongoing efforts. We are also extremely grateful to the community members who continue to attend these fundraising events and support our new hospital build through Wellington Rotary. The work of the Foundation would not be possible without our partners in the community and their commitment to making a positive difference, like Wellington Rotary has.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancellation of most public events and fundraisers, Wellington Rotary has looked at different ways to continue raising funds for the new hospital project, especially in the wake of having to cancel the annual fundraising dinner.

The club generates funds through donations, club activities and high profile community events. The Rotary Club of Wellington celebrates its 18th anniversary this year, with approximately 40 members.

The members are riding out the tough times of the pandemic by pivoting their practices to host a new event.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15 and running for one month, community members will have the opportunity to bid on more than 100 items secured by the Wellington Rotary Club that will be available for purchase through an online auction.

The club will direct all funds raised through the auction to support the fundraising campaign for the new hospital.

In a sneak peek of the auction, Prinzen Ford in Bloomfield has offered up a one-year lease on an F150 XLT Sport Crew Cab.

“We wanted to try something new to create even more buzz and excitement for our new hospital fundraising campaign,” said Smith. “We have been blown away by the support that we have received from local businesses in terms of the items that will be auctioned off online.”

Items available for viewing and bidding Sept. 15 by visiting The auction closes on Oct. 15.

“We are so appreciative of the partnership with our local Rotary Clubs, and we are truly grateful Wellington Rotary has chosen to help us Back the Build for a new hospital,” said Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign co-chair.
“It goes without saying, these are challenging times for everyone. COVID-19 and the provincially-mandated restrictions have taken a toll on fundraising events. We are absolutely thrilled, and grateful, Wellington Rotary continues to find innovative ways to fundraise in these unprecedented times.”

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