“Every penny, every penny truly matters and it all adds up to exceed our goals”
It’s a sign of gratitude…literally.
On Thursday, members of the Guelph General Hospital Foundation, hospital officials and donors gathered outside the GGH to unveil a new billboard along Delhi Street.
The billboard is a response to the Together we care about the countryside which saw nearly 10,000 people help raise a total of $37,496,057.
To thank the community, the Guelph General Hospital Foundation created the notice board with the names of all the donors who contributed. Looks like a solid heart, but the heart is made up of thousands of donor names.
“I thought that was really smart because together tens of thousands of people stepped up to generously support our We Care campaign,” said Julie Byczynski, CEO of the Guelph General Hospital Foundation. .
“It’s really our outward sign of how together this community has really stepped up their support for their hospital and we invite people today to come and see this.”
For those not near the hospital, Byczynski adds that the notice board can also be seen online at together we care.ca.
Melissa Skinner is Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at GGH. She said proceeds from the campaign will be used to replace aging equipment, expand and upgrade a special care nursery, and expand the emergency department to include dedicated spaces for mental health and addictions care.
“Everyone, every penny, every penny really matters and it all helps to exceed our goals,” Skinner said.
Jean Morris and Frank Maguire are two campaign donors who also attended the event. Morris said she and her husband, Peter Morris, have been donating for more than 30 years.
“Everyone uses it and everyone relies on it,” Morris said of the reason for her donation. “All hospitals need money, why not donate?”
Maguire is also a six-year long-term donor. He hopes the donation made by him and his wife, Jane Maguire, can inspire others to do the same.
“The number of aging people who will require this type of facility has grown by leaps and bounds,” Maguire said.