Foundation sets sights on next level of support

A beautiful sunny day greeted runners at the Have a Heart Run on September 26, 2010 in Humboldt. The event was in support of the Humboldt Hospital Foundation’s Our Legacy…Our Future $1.8 million Equipment Campaign which had been introduced to the public in April 2009. A total of $1.8 million needed to be raised to complete the $2.5 million commitment for the equipment purchases for the new Humboldt District Health Complex.

“Businesses, organizations and individuals responded very well to our quest to raise the $1.8 million,” says Lorrie Bunko, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our goal was completed in 17 months. Words cannot express how grateful we are to everyone for their generosity.”

The Have a Heart Run...More Than Just a Marathon raised over $110,000.

How it came to be
The Equipment Campaign Team reached out to all communities throughout the area and spread the word about the campaign.

Momentum increased significantly halfway through the campaign when PotashCorp announced the PotashCorp, Lanigan $500,000 Community Matching Challenge. PotashCorp would match all donations from November 13, 2009 until June 30, 2010 up to $500,000. The community support turned that commitment into a one million dollar success well before the deadline.

“There is not one person that we can contribute to the success of the campaign,” says Bunko. “It was a team effort by all throughout the Humboldt district.”

Lorrie Bunko adjusts the scale which indicates the level of fundraising in the campaign.

“We have received compliments time and time again about the uniqueness of the campaign. We didn’t have just ‘regular’ fundraisers. There was always something different – something that hadn’t been seen in our area for a long time, if ever.”

Events included the District 4-H Clubs hosting the Gord Bamford Concert to the 300-plus participants in the Have A Heart Run…More Than Just A Marathon raising over $110,000, to the Growing Our Healthcare Crop Project.

“Our job is far from over,” says Bunko. “Although we were able to raise the funds for the initial equipment and furnishings purchases for the new Humbodlt District Health Complex, there is still a long ‘wish-list’ which we are already working to fulfill.”