Hospital goals

As many of you know by now, I’m a sucker for a business donating time, money and space to local organizations.

A couple of weeks ago that business was the Elora Mill.

On Jan. 31, the Mill held a Gala for Groves fundraiser that raised $360,000 for the new Groves hospital. $360,000! That’s incredible.

And better yet, it puts the Groves Hospital Foundation just $300,000 away from its $20-million fundraising goal for the new Groves hospital.

I’ve been reporting on the hospital for a while now, but every time I hear the provincial government doesn’t provide equipment for hospitals I am shocked all over again.

That’s right, you heard correctly. All of the equipment, furniture and supplies in the hospital are purchased by donations, not the government. That kind of makes it feel better to donate to hospital foundations or pay for parking on site, eh? Chances are you or someone you know will be using that hospital sometime in your life. What better place to donate our money?

The new hospital is tentatively set to open this spring and with the hospital foundation so close to its goal, I bet we can expect it to be well stocked.

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who have donated to the campaign over the last five years; the benefit to the community will be long-lasting, I’m sure.

Let’s rally and make sure the Groves Hospital Foundation reaches its $20-million goal!

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Everything is getting a little more beautiful in Arthur.

A new flower shop called Donnas Designs for You held its grand opening on Feb. 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The shop is located at 106 Charles St. E. Stop in and see what you can get your special someone for a special day.

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Residents in Glenn Allan and surrounding areas could be in for a new fibre-to-the-home internet service sooner rather than later.

On Jan. 28, Mapleton council chose to provide a letter of endorsement to the CRTC Broadband Fund for Mornington Communications to secure funds for the new fibre optic service.

My family had internet very early in the internet game. So I have had very little experience with not having access to information at my fingertips.

I can’t imagine what it’s like for residents trying to run a business in rural areas that don’t have access to a reliable internet connection. It must be very frustrating when trying to get work done.

I’m glad that Mornington may be stepping up to provide the service.

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