When Phyllis Lamb began supporting Hospitals of Regina Foundation, Brian Mulroney was Canada’s Prime Minister. Cheers was one of television’s top rated programs. And, the Saskatchewan Roughriders welcomed to their team the young quarterback Kent Austin. Fast forward 30 years, and the only constant is Lamb’s commitment to Regina’s hospitals.
Lamb made her first gift in 1986, one year before the Foundation was formed. Since then, she donated generously to help fill the greatest needs in Regina’s three hospitals. Over the past 30 years, she made a total of 59 donations.
“Sooner or later, we all need hospital care,” says Lamb. “I don’t know of any other charitable organization that helps so many people. I don’t have children, so I want to do my part to help the community. It’s nice to think you are able to do something good for other people.”
That same commitment to community is what first drove brothers Gordon and Doug Rawlinson to give back. In 1987, the founders of Rawlco Radio forever changed the face of health care in southern Saskatchewan with the launch of the Z99 Radiothon. Since then, the annual 36-hour fundraising event has raised more than $7 million for the Foundation to invest in life-saving technology for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Regina General Hospital.
“Gordon and Doug care deeply about this community and its people,” says Tom Newton, vice president and general manager of Rawlco Radio. He says for 30 years, the entire Rawlco Radio family has worked with the Foundation to build on that legacy by encouraging the community to open their hearts and donate, and each year they have responded with great generosity. “We are proud to have made such a positive impact on the many babies requiring Regina’s NICU.”
SaskTel’s on-going generosity has also led to better lives for people in our community. Beginning in 1987, the Corporation partnered with the Foundation to invest in improved health care services in many key areas. This includes, bringing the first MRI machine to southern Saskatchewan in 1999, the Prostate Assessment Centre, and the Mosaic Heart Centre.
“SaskTel is dedicated to supporting the communities we serve and improving the quality of life in our province,” says Katrine White, SaskTel vice president, consumer sales and solutions, and current HRF board member. “Health care is an essential service in Saskatchewan, and SaskTel has been supporting Hospitals of Regina Foundation since 1987 to allow the Corporation to demonstrate its commitment to the people of this province.”
“Over the past three decades, Hospitals of Regina Foundation has partnered with you, our extraordinarily committed community, to make lives better,” says Dino Sophocleous, president and CEO, Hospitals of Regina Foundation. “From community events and grassroots fundraising, to our home lotteries and corporate and individual partnerships, your commitment to the Foundation allows us to support the critical work of our doctors and nurses, and to deliver on our promise of excellent health care for the people of southern Saskatchewan.”
Check out our 30th anniversary timeline and television vignettes to learn more about our key accomplishments over the past three decades at hrf.sk.ca/About-Us/30th-Anniversary
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