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Half a million raised at TCP Health Foundation Telethon

The Spaniard’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department showed up on Sunday to donate $2,900.
The Spaniard’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department showed up on Sunday to donate $2,900.

BAY ROBERTS, NL — Just over half a million dollars was raised by the end of the night at this year’s annual Trinity-Conception-Placentia Health Foundation Telethon.

The 28th annual event was held on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts. By the end of the night, with all donations counted up, the Telethon had raised $534,842.

Serving health care centres and facilities in several communities including Carbonear, Placentia, Whitbourne, and Old Perlican, the foundation will use funds raised through the Telethon to help improve services offered at these locations.

With major donations coming from Kelly’s Landing in Bay Roberts, who donated $28,000, and the Tom Horton’s program, who donated $11,000, Don Coombs, Chief Development Officer for the TCP Health Foundation told The Compass Monday that the donations were nonstop throughout the day.

“We got lots of big, big donations come through, and I think this was a pretty successful day for us,” said Coombs. “Now we’ve got to move forward, and put the money to good use.”

With money raised from the event, the TCP Health Foundation will be able to knock off several items from their equipment list.

The list includes a blanket warming cabinet, and a Pyxis supply station, a storage unit that gives staff access to supplies within the Endoscopy department. Alongside this, the equipment list includes a shower trolley, and Ultrasound scanning stretcher.

The most expensive item on the list still within the Foundation’s budget are 15 defibrillator units, valued at $390,000, however, the list also includes a closed loop medication delivery system for IV pumps, which would cost approximately $600,000.

The Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars made a donation of $2,000.

The TCP Health Foundation will still be accepting any pledges that missed Sunday night’s production, and will accept payment at their office.

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