Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.
It was a night to remember for everyone involved in this year’s Hawkesbury General Hospital Foundation telethon. It was a night for not just breaking a fundraising record, but blowing it up with a loud bang!
“We busted the half-million-dollar mark,” said Pierre Byham, executive director for the Hawkesbury General Hospital Foundation (HGHF). “The goal we had set ourselves was $300,000.”
By the end of Sunday evening, when the last act left the stage in the Robert Hartley Sports Complex auditorium, and the last volunteer at the phone bank pledge table had put down the receiver, the final total announced for this year’s telethon was $506,504.
“Everything combined to make this the most successful telethon ever,” said Byham, sharing credit for the success among both the telethon participants in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, and the residents of Hawkesbury and surrounding areas who phoned or brought in donation pledges.
“The community really rallied behind the hospital,” Byham said.
Funds from this year’s telethon will aid the hospital’s diagnostic imaging department with purchase of a new CT scanner to replace the 13-year-old model in present use, and also provide Hawkesbury & District General Hospital with its first MRI machine.