Saturday tally for CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon

The 2019 Health Care Heroes Radiothon at CKNX. (Photo by Steve Sabourin)

Final Update: $323,714 has been raised in the CKNX Heath Care Heroes Radiothon.

There are 10 foundations this year, and Franklin said the planning for the event starts well before the annual air date.

CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon Chair Dale Franklin says the day is always exciting.

“We start planning several months in advance and we look forward to lots of promotion on the radio,” she said. “We’re so grateful for CKNX and our radio partners in Wingham. So we’ve been getting ready for a while and we’re looking forward to hearing from our donors.”

Franklin said that events like the radiothon are so important because it helps local hospitals buy crucial new equipment and deliver the best local healthcare possible. She added it’s great to have the Radiothon involve 10 different organizations once again for this year.

Chesley, Walkerton, Hanover, Mount Forest, Palmerston, Listowel, Wingham, Clinton, Seaforth and Goderich.

“We’re always happy to have people join us and having Walkerton and Hanover back with us sharing in our media coverage and in the planning and preparation has been wonderful,” said Franklin. “So we’re back up to 10 foundations and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Special gifts directed to support several hospitals came from major philanthropic businesses and organizations including Bruce Power, Germania Mutual Insurance, Howick Mutual Insurance, Hay Mutual Insurance and Lucknow Kinsmen.

While the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon on-air component ran Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there is still an opportunity to donate through the local foundations.

And you can also donate through text until October 31st.

Text HERO followed by the town of the hospital you want to donate towards (for instance, HERO CLINTON) to 41010 to make a $10 donation, which you can do up to three times.

—with files from Ryan Drury