The 12th annual Radiothon fundraiser for the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation (HHHSF) raised $30,645, $5,000 more than this year’s goal.

HHHSF executive director Lisa Tompkins said the community always comes together in support of the hospitals.

“This community is extraordinarily generous to health services and many other causes that they have throughout the county,” she said.

The Radiothon at 99.5 Moose FM took place on Aug. 16 and 17 and raised money to go towards new echo cardiographs (ECG’s) for the hospital’s emergency department.

Volunteers from both the hospital and the radio station spent two days on air, encouraging people to donate. On the ground, people outside asked people passing by to get involved.

Sue Black, a morning host for Moose FM, said on air that the radiothon helps the hospital work more efficiently.

“It would be an administrative nightmare if they had to send people out of town everytime they needed a machine,” she said.

Tompkins said the timing gives seasonal residents a chance to get involved.

“Because the equipment we’re fundraising for is for the emergency departments that might be pretty relevant to visitors,” said Tompkins. “We hope that people don’t need to use the emergency departments but we’re thankful that if they do, we’ve got great medical professionals and equipment.”

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