BY ANDREW SMITH
LISTOWEL - A new donor wall at Listowel Memorial Hospital was unveiled on Monday, recognizing the donations of people from across the community.
Ron Coghlin, chair of the Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation, said the goal of the donor wall is to provide a permanent reminder of the generosity that the hospital receives from the community on a regular basis.
“We needed to have an ongoing tribute to all the generous people in North Perth,” he said. “We had done the initial wall for the Circle of Care campaign, this is just an extension now of all the generous people that give to our hospital.”
Listowel-Wingham Hospital Alliance CEO Karl Ellis was also on hand for the donor wall unveiling, noting that the list of names on the wall amounts to quite an accomplishment from the local community.
“If you were to do the math on the number of donors on that wall and multiply it by the dollar amount that each individual has given, it’s a phenomenal amount of support,” Ellis said.
Coghlin said the Listowel community has historically been very supportive of its hospital, adding that residents will sometimes request a donation to the hospital from their estate after they pass away.
“It’s really heart warming to see it continuing like this, right up to the present time,” he said. “It’s very rewarding for those of us on the foundation that are trying to raise funds for new equipment.”
The wall will be updated once a year with new donors, as well as keeping track of cumulative donations from individuals.
“It’s another way to recognize and thank our donors, which the foundation is always trying to do,” Ellis said.