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St. Joseph's auxiliary fundraising to bring MRI to Estevan

The auxiliary presented a cheque for $30,000 as part of its efforts to fundraise for a new MRI unit in Estevan.
From left, Mark Pettitt with St. Joseph's Hospital accepts a $30,000 donation from Darla Wilhelm and Valerie Hagel with the St. Joseph's Healthcare Auxiliary.

ESTEVAN - The St. Joseph's Healthcare Auxiliary has announced its new fundraising effort to support Estevan's hospital.

During its spring tea, bake sale and raffle Wednesday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital, the auxiliary revealed it will raise $100,000 for the campaign to bring an MRI machine to the hospital. The auxiliary then presented a $30,000 cheque to director of support services Mark Pettitt to kick off their efforts.

The Government of Saskatchewan gave the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation the green light to start fundraising to bring an MRI unit to the hospital during the provincial budget in March. The goal is to raise $6.3 million. So far the campaign has raised $2,595,002.77, including the $2 million donation from Estevan's Elaine Walkom in memory of her late husband Grant.

You can click here to support the campaign. 

The hospital auxiliary has also paid off its most recent project, which was to raise $320,000 for new x-ray equipment at the hospital.

This year marked the first time since 2019 that the auxiliary has been able to host the tea, bake sale and raffle. The event was held in Tom and Irma's Cafe, which is named after the late Tom and Irma Trofimenkoff, who were generous supporters of health-care in the Estevan area. 

A large crowd turned out to support the auxiliary's efforts on Wednesday, and the staff at the hospital donated baking.

The next edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.