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22nd Annual QEH/Eastlink Telethon Raises $532,496 for QEH

CHARLOTTETOWN – The 2018 QEH/Eastlink Telethon, broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday from Eastlink’s Stratford studio, raised $532,496 for priority medical equipment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Mental health services were profiled by the Joe and Heather Driscoll Family and friends, along with pediatric oncology with Harrison Maye, stroke care with Elaine Godkin, physical medicine with Maxine MacLennan and dialysis with Sheldon O’Meara.

Milestones were reached by several donor groups for cumulative giving recognition on the QEH Foundation donor wall.

Marlene MacDonald anchored the desk for the full 18-hours for the 22nd year, and she welcomed over 20 co-hosts, many new this year, who assisted her in reading pledges from communities across P.E.I., with some pledges from as far away as Boston and California.

Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club took organizers by surprise during their barbeque at telethon with a generous $30,000 donation to purchase a new incubator for the neonatal intensive care unit.

Many women’s institutes throughout P.E.I. visited the studio and presented gifts following their Provincial Women’s Institute Convention on Saturday.

An anonymous $10,000 donation came in to support Winsloe Players, for a total of $22,459.

Special recognition was given to honour 18 years of Murray River and Area Ceilidhs with a vignette of the celebration held earlier in May with the Lieutenant Governor of P.E.I., Honourable Antoinette Perry in attendance. A gift of $9,508 was made by the ceilidh to this year’s telethon.

The QEH Auxiliary donated $105,000 to complete the Patient Tray Delivery System, a project started last summer, and now in use at the QEH.

“As the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, it’s the Island community that makes this success possible,” says Ed Lawlor, vice chair of the QEH Foundation. “All donations that come in throughout the year, as well as during the telethon weekend, make a tremendous impact on patients and their families, and allows for so many Islanders to receive their medical care right here, at home, in P.E.I.”

Medical equipment priorities for the QEH/Eastlink Telethon supported the QEH provincial laboratory, urology, stroke care, neonatal intensive care, as well as other areas of the hospital.

Individuals volunteered their time as production crew and assistants, hosts and co-hosts, interviewers, performers, and telephone operators for the two-day, 18-hour event. There were performances by more than 40 artists who volunteered their time and talent, as well as 20 interviews with QEH grateful patients, volunteers, donors and hospital staff.

Eastlink TV once again donated the entire telethon production for the QEH/Eastlink Telethon.  “Production volunteers take a lot of pride in working on the telethon,” says Bruce MacLean, Manager of Eastlink TV Community Programming for P.E.I. “It’s something we look forward to all year and we are honoured to partner with the QEH Foundation to support the Island’s main referral hospital.”

At the close of the telethon it was the youngest donors who were thanked for their generosity. Children who chose the QEH Foundation for donations in celebration of their birthdays throughout the year were recognized with a birthday cake and they were joined by other children and helped unveil the total amount raised.

It’s not too late to make a donation to the 2018 QEH/Eastlink Telethon. Call the QEH Foundation at (902) 894-2425, or go online at www.qehfoundation.pe.ca.