It’s a lot of money in a short time.

The Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (HDHF) has the right to celebrate these days. Thanks to two fundraising events and a huge donation from an international company, they’ve managed to raise over $106,000 in just two weeks.

A huge boost to their coffers came on September 18, when on behalf of BHP Billiton, Ken Smith presented the Foundation with an $88,000 cheque for a portable x-ray machine.

A crowd of people surround an oversized cheque.

Ken Smith (centre) and other representatives of BHP Billiton present a cheque for $88,000 to staff and board members of the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation.

The mining giant is responsible for the construction of a new potash mine near LeRoy and Jansen, located approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Humboldt.

The portable x-ray had been at the top of the Humboldt District Hospital’s capital equipment needs list for a while, reported Lorrie Bunko, executive director of the HDHF. It will replace the existing machine, which is over 22 years old, and difficult to maintain because of its age.

The first of the fundraisers was a golf tournament held at the Humboldt Golf Club in partnership with Bethany Pioneer Village in early September. The event raised over $10,000 which was split between the foundation and the long term care home based in Middle Lake. Volunteers at Bethany are raising funds to build a larger function room for the facility, while the foundation is continuing to raise funds for the Equip to Care Campaign which is meant to meet more equipment needs at the Humboldt District Hospital.

The second fundraiser was the Have a Heart Walk or Run, held September 28 in Humboldt. The 1970s themed event had 75 people from all over the district dressing up in their best disco gear to walk, run or bike one of the three routes.

A couple dressed in 1970s garb

Individuals and teams of people dressed in 1970s gear to match the theme of the 2014 Humboldt District Hospital Foundation Have a Heart Run or Walk on September 28.

“Lots of people dressed up,” said Bunko. “I loved it. It was pretty neat.”

Participants walk on a path in Humboldt.

Participants in the 2014 Have a Heart Run or Walk raised over $13,000 for health care equipment purchases for the Humboldt District Hospital.

Attendance at the run was down a little this year, likely due to the fact that harvest is still in full swing in the Humboldt area.

“Many couldn’t come because they were in the field,” Bunko said. “But that’s okay – we want them to get the crops off.”

The Run raised over $13,000, not including a donation from Olymel, who were matching funds raised by their staff.

With these donations, the Foundation’s $750,000 Equip to Care Campaign is now sitting at just over $600,000, which makes Bunko smile.

“We’re that much closer to closing the campaign,” she said.

The Humboldt District Health Complex, which includes both hospital and community services, is utilized by over 33,000 people of all ages throughout the large rural health district.