Autumn House celebrates big donations

By Craig Baird

It was a big day for Autumn House last week when the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Health Care Foundation presented the organization a cheque for $10,000.

With the mandate to gather, manage and disburse funds to improve the quality and availability of health care for residents of southwest Saskatchewan, the foundation gathers funds through a variety of ongoing programs.

“We work with community groups that are running a special fundraising project destined for healthcare purposes and we work very hard to demonstrate to donors and potential donors that pooling resources can be an effective way to make positive changes to the quality of healthcare we can receive,” Clay Thompson with the Foundation said.

Over the past 14 years, the organization has provided $10 million to meet the healthcare needs within the Cypress Health Region.

“We have purchased equipment for all the facilities operating within the Health Region,” Thompson said. “We have supported the educational needs of existing Cypress Health Region Staff and we have started to support individuals wanting to become involved in the healthcare industry.”

In 2012 alone, $1.4 million was given out for equipment needs, including in Gull Lake where a new X-Ray Processor was purchased.

“We also supported the Gull Lake Ambulance Service with some emergency equipment for their ambulances,” Thompson said. “As to our scholarship program, we have disbursed $320,000 to approximately 250 applicants since 2002.”

Generally, the foundation does not get involved with brick and mortar requests.

“Our mandate allows us to support equipment purchases but we do not normally get involved with building new facilities or even renovating existing ones,” Thompson said. “That said, we have worked with communities to have this type of work completed on a one-off basis, if that community needs/wants us to serve as a facilitator of this type of fundraising and disbursement.”

Dr. Noble Irwin was a family doctor in Swift Current for several years who was remembered as a very caring and dedicated physician.

The foundation that is named after him was created in 1998.

Article Compliments of The Gull Lake Advance

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