Saving countless babies’ lives
31st annual Z99 Radiothon raises $718,243
Mar. 16, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan –The voices of Rawlco Radio’s Z99 radio hosts CC, Lorie and Cassity filled the airwaves on March 15 and 16 for the 31st annual Z99 Radiothon. For 36 continuous hours the dynamic trio encouraged people to help save babies’ lives. Thanks to overwhelming community support the Radiothon raised $718,243 for Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), at the Regina General Hospital. That brings the fundraiser’s 31-year total to more than $9X million to save babies lives.
“When it comes to the health of newborns, the importance of the NICU cannot be overstated for the hundreds of families that need immediate, critical care,” says Tom Sorenson, manager of the NICU. “Thanks to the support of Rawlco Radio and everyone that donated, Hospitals of Regina Foundation can continue to invest in the best local care available for vulnerable babies.”
“Every year we are touched by the outpouring of compassion and generosity from this community,” says Tom Newton, vice president and general manager, Rawlco Radio. “Our on-air team has worked tirelessly to encourage the community to donate and they responded to their call in spades. We are proud to have helped make such an impact on the countless babies requiring Regina’s NICU.”
President and CEO, HRF, Dino Sophocleous says, “Once again, the southern Saskatchewan community showed their unwavering commitment to local health care and how strongly they feel about supporting Regina’s NICU. To our donors, volunteers, and to the outstanding team at Rawlco Radio/Z99 for their steadfast commitment to our children, we can’t thank you enough.”
ABOUT THE CAUSE
Over the past 31 years, the Z99 Radiothon has raised more than $8 million for our community including $7.2 million for Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF), in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), located in the Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care. Through generous community support, the Radiothon has provided the NICU with leading edge, life-saving technology that has enhanced the staff’s ability to care for fragile newborns.
The NICU is located in the Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care at the Regina General Hospital. In a typical year, 500 babies from 24 to 42 weeks old require care in the unit each year. The NICU, which also includes the special care nursery for babies who require less intensive care, has capacity for 29 babies. About 21 babies a day require care in the unit.
Hospitals of Regina Foundation is dedicated to raising funds that support doctors, nurses and health-care workers in the pursuit of enhanced health care in our community. Since its inception in 1987, the Foundation has raised more than $175 million and supported a full range of expanded health care services, education and patient-centred research for Regina’s three hospitals – Regina General Hospital, Pasqua Hospital and Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. Because good health care is local.
Saving countless babies’ lives