A fundraising campaign for the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford is getting closer to reaching its $8 million goal. Last week, two local donations were given to the campaign, including a $10,000 donation by two North Battleford business owners.
Fundraising lead Corinne Bernier Delainey says the campaign has been provincial in nature, but now is coming back to the city in its final stretch.
“We’re so very grateful to the local community and the people who now are stepping up locally to help us reach the final goal.”
The second donation is a cheque for $7,500 from the auxiliary organization at the Saskatchewan Hospital. Delainey says to date, the campaign has raised almost $7.5 million.
“Every donation at this point in time is going to make a huge difference in that last half million dollars. We’re still out there pounding the pavement and working hard trying to secure those last few gifts.”
The campaign has been underway for almost three years and Delainey says they are still hoping to reach their goal by the end of September. All the funds will go to furnishing the new hospital with equipment, beds, chairs and such.
“As the furniture comes in we’re getting excited to be working towards that next phase of the new Saskatchewan Hospital, which includes not only moving in the furniture but orientation and training of staff to the new facility, as well as preparing for patient occupancy.”
The campaign is still accepting donations, including five-year commitments which allow donors to spread payments over time instead of a lump sum donation.