Hospital foundation readying for next important event

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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NORTH SYDNEY — All signs point to success for the recent golf tournament in support of the Northside Harbourview Hospital Foundation, and the group is now gearing up for its next important fundraiser.

Derrick Burton, owner of Burton's Flooring, tried some practice putting Friday afternoon at the Seaview Golf Club prior to beginning his round. Burton was among the many to take part in the Northern Contracting Cares golf tournament, a fundraiser for the Northside Harbour View Hospital Foundation.

Following the Northern Contracting Cares charity golf tournament that raised money for the renal dialysis unit at Northside General Hospital last Friday, the foundation board is in the planning stages for the 2013 Lights for Health event which is usually one of their largest and most successful fundraising events.

“Our focus at both Northside General and Harbourview hospitals is to provide the best health care possible for our community,” said board chair Daniel McKeough. “On behalf of the board, I wish to thank our donors for their continued generosity and much appreciated support over the years.”

Donors can dedicate lights or sculptures in honour of loved ones during the family oriented Lights for Health event on Dec. 6 at the Northside General Hospital.

Donation cards will be mailed to the community in October.

“This support for equipment is critical to our ability to provide quality health care, closer to home for Cape Bretoners. With the help of our community, we will continue to ensure our loved ones receive the best care at these two facilities.”

The foundation was incorporated in 1992 as an official charitable fundraising body to support the Northside and Harbourview hospitals and their mission to provide quality, compassionate and patient-centered health care.

The foundation includes 15 members from the local area who are chosen on the basis of their commitment to the community and their ability to inspire the support of others.

At the September meeting of the board of directors, elections were held for vacant positions and saw Dr. Bernie MacIntosh and Michelle Prince Street elected to the board.

The new members will replace vacant positions after the resignations of Norman Connors, Duke Fraser and John MacPhee.

For more information on the foundation or the Lights for Health celebration, contact the foundation office at 794-5402.

Organizations: Lights for Health, Northside General Hospital

Geographic location: Harbourview, Michelle Prince Street

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