Radiothon raises more than $33,000

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This past weekend’s 17th annual HHHS Radiothon raised $33,231.30, surpassing last year’s total.

It ran Aug. 17-18 on 93.5 MooseFM.

Proceeds will go to the HHHS’ Community Support Service transportation needs, helping to ensure residents can get to, and from, life-saving medical appointments.

Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation executive director Melanie Klodt Wong said the need for transportation within Haliburton County is increasing and the current fleet of vehicles is not meeting the demand.

It consists of a 2015 Mercedes Benz with wheelchair conversion, a 2016 Chevy City Express LT, and a 2018 Dodge Promaster with wheelchair conversion.

Their projected number of passenger trips for April 2023-March 2024 is 10,712. Amanda Rowden, the client service manager and community liaison for Community Support Services, adult day program, assisted living and supportive housing, said, “we have seen a 30 per cent increase in individual appointments since last year, and we are having to tell people we are unable to provide transportation in their time of need.”

HHHS asked community members to participate in the two-day event by either listening, donating, presenting a challenge, or providing a prize to encourage others to pledge their support.

Klodt Wong said, “this is a strong community that supports each other and HHHS Community Support Services does an amazing job of helping people stay in their homes as long as possible, providing vital services for vulnerable seniors and adults.”

For more information on HHHS and the Radiothon visit: hhhs.ca/foundation/events-campaigns/ radiothon.