Metro Backs the Build with register roundup campaign

REGISTER ROUNDUP From back left Murray Lupenette store manager at Picton Metro, Barbara McConnell chairperson of the PECMH Foundation and Gottfried Boehringer Back the Build campaign cabinet member From front left: Shannon Coull executive director of the PECMH Foundation, Joyce Watt an employee at Metro, Carmen Kloet bookkeeper at Metro and Nancy Parks Back the Build campaign co-chair stood in front of Picton Metro on Thursday to promote the second week of a two week campaign raising money for the Back the build campaign to build Picton a new hospital. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Nearly $7,000 raised for new hospital in week one




On Thursday representatives from the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) and the Back the Build Campaign were at Picton Metro to promote the second week of a two-week, in-store Back the Build fundraising initiative called ‘Cash Register Round Up’.

“Metro is so important to continuing to provide the quality of life and ensure visitors and residence of our county are well fed and are kept healthy,” expressed Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “In addition to that, in spite of COVID Metro, its employees and its leadership is a force continuing to move forward and contribute to the health of our community by also investing in our new hospital. As well, bringing awareness to our hospital is not just a service for our residence, it’s available to our visitors as well.”

As frontline workers themselves, Metro was thrilled to partner with the PECMH Foundation on this special fundraiser which engages both local residents and visitors to Prince Edward County.

In hopes to capture customers who may visit the County, as well as locals, Metro cashiers have been asking customers if they would like to donate $2 to help Back the Build for the new hospital in Picton. 

“To Murray and your team, to have this kind of involvement from our community your setting such a wonderful example here for everyone in our community,” said Barbara McConnell, PECMHF board chairperson. “To be a part of this, to own this, to share it, to be able to contribute to the bricks and mortar we’ll have down the street here in just a few years, It’s just a wonderful thing you’re doing. The fact you are able to bring your front line people together the same way as our health care people are coming together to work toward better health care for everyone in Prince Edward County. And to acknowledge as well the fact you stay in tune and touch with the health care community, and the fact you gave them the gift bags during the recent COVID, that was absolutely awesome.”

This third-party fundraiser which started on July 30 and will run till Aug. 13, has had a lot of success in the first week of this promotion and has raised $6,840 with the campaign ending Thursday.

Metro also has t-stand posters, cash danglers and customer donation cards in-store to help promote and thank the donors.

“We’re just hoping for a strong second week,” stated Murray Lupenette, Picton Metro store manager. “It’s hard but we’re hoping and because most people have given, but we will see where we can go with it. It’s a lot of money so far. Were trying to up the initiative by offering a $100 gift card to the cashier with the most toonies and just trying to keep the second week alive. Even if we get to $10,000 I’ll be beyond overwhelmed.”

With state-of-the-art design and infrastructure, the new hospital will offer the same services as today in a better space. The emergency department will be equipped with the latest technology and staffed with our skilled and dedicated health care professionals. Inside its walls will be a suite of clinics to provide, among other medical services, endoscopy and dialysis treatment. And it will have 18 inpatient rooms that will be larger, each equipped with its own private washroom.

 Based on current projected timelines, the new hospital construction will be completed in 2025. 

“This is community and we all support our community,” McConnell said. “This is wonderful, not only for the amazing amount being raised, but also for the awareness in our community. Likewise whether its tourism or local people its fabulous, thank you so much. The far reaching affects of this you can’t really quantify but its there and thank you, thank you everyone who is participating in this campaign its wonderful.”

The PECMHF is a charitable organization whose mission is to raise money to advance health care for the patients of the hospital and the people of Prince Edward County and is commissioned with raising the local share portion of the build, which works out to be $16.5M.

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