MHC ventilator campaign sees strong public support

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MANITOULIN – The campaign to purchase four new ventilators at Manitoulin Health Centre’s two hospital sites has drawn an impressive amount of donations already and the hospitals have confirmed receipt of $69,160 as of Monday, March 30, with many more donations pledged.

“On behalf of the board, I am extending a sincere thank you for everyone’s prompt actions in responding to Chief (Linda Debassige)’s call for support. We look forward to bringing our campaign to a close,” said MHC president and CEO Lynn Foster.

“This will definitely have a positive impact as we will have the capacity to use additional ventilators, which is certainly a benefit,” she said.

MHC currently has two portable ventilators, one at each of its Mindemoya and Little Current hospital sites. This campaign was designed to raise $80,000 toward the purchase of four additional ventilator machines—two at each hospital.

M’Chigeeng First Nation was first to offer a donation when its chief began the campaign, committing $10,000 to the cause. Other pledges soon followed from groups including the Municipality of Central Manitoulin, the Little Current Lions Club, the Douglas A. Smith Family Foundation, the B.J. Corbiere Memorial Hockey Tournament and Sheshegwaning First Nation.

The online donations page through CanadaHelps.org showed pledges registering a total of $12,265 as of press time Monday.