Plans to replace the region’s Nuclear Medicine Cameras at Belleville General Hospital (BGH) took a giant step closer this week as the Foundation announced a $300,000 donation from an anonymous local figure. The generous gift is the latest in a line of major donations for the hospital as the Foundation seeks further support for its regional Nuclear Medicine Camera project.
Launched in April this year, members of the community answered the call for support, with prominent businessmen and women offering leadership gifts towards the goal of $2.9m.
A hugely successful Gala last month, generating nearly half a million dollars, inspired further giving which brought the overall tally to $1.18 million. The latest donation helps the organization march towards the $1.5 million mark and is being offered as an incentive to drive the Foundation’s annual Christmas mail campaign, for which any gifts will be matched dollar for dollar, to the $300,000 value. This year the theme will center around the cameras and their cancer diagnosing capabilities.
“The funds pledged this week are a further example of incredible community spirit and will hopefully drive our campaign forward,” commented Steven Cook, Executive Director, BGHF. “The annual Christmas Angel Campaign typically brings in around $220,000 for the Foundation so to have this opportunity is incredible and we hope it will inspire further giving during at a key period for us.”
This year’s direct mail piece intends to build on the momentum that has already been generated and the hope is to replace the aging equipment as quickly as possible to maintain the hospitals status as a key provider of “the best healthcare, close to home”.
Dr. Rene Barette, Head of Nuclear Medicine said it was a fantastic way to help incentivize the community and expressed his gratitude in helping to drive the project forward.