Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Donations to the CKHA COVID-19 Relief Fund eclipses $200,000

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) is recognizing five local foundations for their support, committing a total of $97,800 towards the COVID-19 Healthcare Relief Fund.

This critical funding was made possible through contributions made by the Chatham-Kent Community Foundation, South Kent Wind Community Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Chatham-Kent Community Foundation, Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors®, the Howard J. Rees Foundation, Howard Mutual Foundation, and the William and Mary Dorssers Family Foundation.

“The Foundation decided to suspend the spring round of grants, and create the CKCF COVID-19 Relief Fund,” stated Ruth Hook, chair of the Chatham-Kent Community Foundation.

“We felt the need to re-focus our energy and funds on the organizations in Chatham-Kent who support the most vulnerable members of our community.”

South Kent Wind Facility Manager Kevin Aikenhead said the company is “committed to doing our part to help those that are being most affected by COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent. Being able to give to local organizations and front line community groups and workers during this time is something we are very proud of.”

The total amount raised since the campaign was launched on March 23 is now at $205,000.

“The support we have received from these Foundations has really taken the success of our campaign to a new level,” stated Gaye Thompson, board chair, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, in a press release.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have organizations in our community doing such great work and dedicating their efforts to help make a difference where it’s needed most.”

CKHAF officials say funds raised have already started to make an impact through the purchase of a Noco Sprayer and HEPA Filter, both of which are critical in decontaminating air and surfaces to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Additional equipment including ICU beds, vital sign monitors, and ventilators have also been purchased and are in place or awaiting delivery.

“We are grateful to have support from these amazing local partners,” added Mary Lou Crowley, President and CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, in a media release.

“These funds are already being put to use to help protect CKHA patients and staff, and keep all members of our community safe and healthy.”

Chatham-Kent Realtors have shown that their heart is in the communities where they live and work, contributing as valuable members in many ways.

“Throughout our Association’s history we have been a positive force in sheltering and caring for those most in need,” stated Michael Gibbons President, CKAR, in a press release.

“On behalf of the Ontario Realtors® Care Foundation, and the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors®, we are pleased to forward this donation to the CKHAF, for their important work with the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel that these funds will be put to excellent use during this unprecedented time, and truly appreciate the contribution that the Foundation gives to our hospital and the front line essential workers.”

If you are interested in learning more about CKHAF’s COVID-19 Healthcare Relief Fund, visit ckhaf.ca or call the Foundation office at 519-436-2538.

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