- April 7, 2020
- Posted by: ckha
- Category: News
An encouraging message written in duct tape on the walls of CKHA’s Chatham site: “Can’t Keeep Heroes Away”
CHATHAM-KENT, ON – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) has been overwhelmed with community support throughout the past few weeks of the Coronavirus pandemic. After launching their COVID-19 Healthcare Relief Fund on March 23rd to support urgent funding for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) highest priority needs, the Foundation has already raised over $70,000.
“It is difficult to express just how grateful we are to the Chatham-Kent community” says Gaye Thompson, Board Chair, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “Individuals, organizations and members of our valued Foundation community have demonstrated unbelievable support for our local hospital.”
“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed in any way” adds Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “Every donation, positive message, and moment of time volunteered has made me see now, more clearly than ever, how fortunate we are to live in such a generous and supportive community”.
In addition to financial contributions, CKHAF has also received many donations of goods or services, including personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, electronic devices to keep patients connected with family who are unable to visit, and many meals for nurses and physicians.
Lori Marshall, President & CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, expresses her gratitude for this community support saying “Our physicians and staff are working tirelessly each day to ensure our hospital is able to continue providing exceptional patient-centred care during this public health crisis. Chatham-Kent has made it very clear through support of the Foundation they appreciate all that is being done by our staff and physicians, which makes their difficult jobs just a little bit easier”.
The needs of the hospital are changing daily, and CKHAF is hoping this remarkable momentum continues to ensure they are able to keep up with the growing demands of our local hospital for personal protective equipment, additional hospital beds, room de-contamination equipment, and other necessary supplies.
“We understand many individuals and businesses have been affected by this pandemic, and are currently facing challenging financial situations” says Crowley. “However, if you are able to make a contribution to this campaign, CKHAF needs your support now more than ever.”
If you are able, and would like to contribute to CKHAF’s COVID-19 Healthcare Relief Fund, please visit ckhaf.ca or call the Foundation office at 519.436.2538.
For media inquiries please contact:
Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation
T: 519.380.2859 l C: 519.359.1910