Igniting Healthcare 50/50 fundraiser returns for a third year

Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation & Gilles Michaud, Maple City Homes at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s Igniting Healthcare 50/50 draw August 26, 2020. (Submitted photo)

A popular fundraiser is back, this time it’s in support of cardiac care at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA).

Raffle tickets for the Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser will go on sale on May 20.

The CKHA Foundation said money raised during this year’s campaign will be used to purchase new electrocardiograph machines for both the Chatham and Wallaceburg hospital sites.

“Cardiac health affects so many people in our community, and they rely on having the best equipment available when they need it most,” said Board Chair Greg Hetherington. “Regardless of who takes home this year’s jackpot, the real winner will be the patients at CKHA.”

Last year, the 50/50 raffle raised $345,740 which surpassed a previous record. Emily Geroux of Highgate won $172,870 during last year’s draw and the other half was used to purchase a new C-Arm for the CKHA’s urology program.

The Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser first launched in 2019 and Bert Vanderheide of Blenheim won the jackpot of $149,180.

Once again, Maple City Homes has partnered with the CKHA Foundation for the 50/50 fundraiser.

“Supporting our hospital and our community is something that we are very passionate about,” said Maple City Homes President Robb Nelson.

Tickets will be sold online at ignite5050.ca. Members of the CKHA Foundation plan on conducting in-person ticket sales at various locations in Chatham-Kent once the provincial stay-at-home order is lifted.

The 50/50 draw will take place at 1 p.m. on August 5.

The draw will be done using Random Number Generation which is approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Any Ontario resident over the age of 18 can purchase a raffle ticket.