Care When I Needed It
Walker in our annual Georgian Bay Walk, Run, Pole
First a cottager then retired here, since 2002 Barb’s been our donor, supported our events & gifted the Foundation in her will. In 2005 a stroke ‘scrambled’ Barb’s brain. Faith, love, laughter and a good dose of medical support got Barb on the move again. Barb used our annual event to set walking goals – first steps in her kitchen, then completing our 2K route and ultimately our 5K route. Barb can no longer walk in our annual Walk, Run, Pole but she hopes you will. If you do you will help buy equipment for local cardiac services. That’s really important.
The History of Our Event
Our event began in 2008. Starting at the Charles W. Stockey Centre, we offered 2K, 5K and 10K routes along the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay. Our naming was a natural … Georgian Bay Walk, Run, Pole – Do It For Life!
We had no idea how critical this event would be to funding local cardiac care. Over the years, the money raised helped reopen ICU when the patient-monitoring system crashed in April 2014, bought the first 3 of the Health Centre’s Bi-PAP machines, bought Rehab patients self-monitoring cuffs as well as specific exercise equipment, renewed the Rehab monitoring system, installed the Rehab Unit’s monitor defibrillator, replaced the Cardiovascular Ultrasound system, brought new breathing technology to the Health Centre (heat flow therapy) and banked the funds for 2 of the 9 needed replacement defibrillators. It’s truly miraculous what a small group of people dedicated to a cause can do! In 2020 the global pandemic forced the event to be virtual. In 2021, we are creating a hybrid event.
Tracking your own goal virtually through May. If Public Health allows, the last day (May 30th) will be a 5 K WALK (staggered starts) on our annual 5 K route starting at the Stockey Centre.
Be The Difference
In normal times, and these aren’t normal, government funding to the West Parry Sound Health Centre barely covers 65% of the Hospital’s annual operating costs. Foundation Donors buy all the major equipment while medical leases, contracts, parking and other services complete the remaining operational funding.