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Women’s Auxiliary promises $200,000 to Barrie Memorial

The 2020 fundraising and membership drive for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Barrie Memorial Hospital is officially underway, and with a big goal of providing the Barrie Memorial Hospital with a $200,000 budget for new medical equipment. A major difference this year is that, due to the public health measures in place against COVID-19, canvassers will not be going door-to-door to ask for donations.

“Everyone has their list of names and we are asking our canvasser to call people this year,” says Joanne McClintock, the chair of the membership committee. “We are hoping the word will get out this way.” The network of canvassers is key to the WA’s fundraising capacity, which led to the purchase of nearly $163,000 worth of equipment in 2019. She hopes people will continue to purchase their $5 memberships with a larger donation.

McClintock says the WA is ready to take on a big project, adding that it will be meeting with members of the hospital administration to see what they feel is most needed. “COVID proved how important our local hospital and staff are to us. A new piece of equipment is often difficult to approve,” she says, noting that things can move quickly if there is funding to back up the demand.

In order for such a project to work however, the WA is relying even more on its fundraising drive this year. The annual Christmas Bazaar has been cancelled, as were all other fundraisers this summer.

To facilitate donations, a new website is in the works, and the WA now accepts funds via e-transfer sent to dabarriememorial@gmail.com, and by cheque mailed to the WA at 28 Gale St., Ormstown, J0S 1K0.

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