An annual fundraiser is joining the effort to bring a new doctor – or two – to Kinmount.

Participants in the Kinmount District Health Services Foundation’s 23rd annual Journey for Health will gather community pledges before completing a walk of their own choosing on or before August 8.

In the past two years, the event has raised more than $15,000, which helps fund new technology, patient services, landscaping and more at the Kinmount Health Centre.

This year, organizer and board member Barb Millington said the goal is to fund travel costs or any fees which may deter doctors who might come to the area.

“So many people don’t have doctors – it’s hard to get on the waiting list even in Haliburton and Minden,” Millington said. “If we ever do find a new doctor you really do feel good about what you’ve done.”

She said the Kinmount Health Centre has space for three doctors – and the patient demand is high. A new doctor could drastically reduce wait times for appointments.

Due to COVID-19, the event is a solo affair, as opposed to the traditional walk along the Kinmount rail trail and group lunch.

Millington said she’s planning on hiking a portion of the rail trail – but participants can walk wherever and for however long they like.

Sponsor sheets are available for download at kdhc.ca or can be picked up at the Kinmount Pharmacy, Kinmount Downtown Pharmacy or the Kinmount Health Centre.

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