© Star photo by Cory Hurley
Dr. Tony Tavenor reads out a pledge live on the air during the 2013 Western Memorial Hospital Foundation Radiothon in Corner Brook Friday.
CORNER BROOK This year’s Radiothon in aid of the Western Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised $316,607, plus another $150,000 from government, and is counting on even more to come.
The annual fundraiser took place on CFCB radio Friday, but the foundation expects more donations to come forth in the days after the live event.
“There are some people that we usually hear from that we haven’t yet and some people who said they have cheques for us,” said Bernd Staeben, the foundation’s chairperson Saturday.
The amount raised by the Radiothon has continued to increase in recent years, with around $314,000 raised last year and about $304,000 raised in 2011.
In addition to the $316,607 received from corporate donations and the general public, the Radiothon also got $150,000 from the provincial government. In recent years, the province has contributed $200,000 to the annual cause.
This year the foundation raised money to help purchase new equipment for several different departments such as emergency, radiology, the intensive care unit, orthopedics and surgical.