KIM COULTER, Communications Specialist, RMH
KAWARTHA LAKES: Members of the Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) take part in the annual Poker Run for many reasons. In addition to the fresh air, pretty views and adventure, there is camaraderie, food and great fun.
There is also a good deal of philanthropy. For many years, the organizers of the Poker Run have added a fundraising component to their event, to support needs at the Ross Memorial Hospital.
On June 4th, 191 riders participated in the Poker Run, which launched from Log Chateau Park north of Fenelon Falls. Twenty-five volunteers helped to make the ride, as well as the silent auction and door prizes, run safely and smoothly.
On July 27th, KATVA members Rhonda White (Admin), Tony Bullough (Director) and Carolyn LaPorte (Volunteer) visited the Ross to present a cheque for $10,031 to, RMH Foundation CEO, Erin Coons. The funds will support priority equipment and technology needs in the Ross Memorial’s Mental Health program.
“On behalf of the Ross Team and all local patients, I want to thank those who participated in the KATVA Poker Run this year. Your support makes a big difference and helps cover the cost of hospital needs [which] aren’t funded by the government,” said Erin Coons. “Since 2017, KATVA has contributed $40,429 to support patient care at the Ross. Their fundraising events are a shining example of how community organizations can turn good fun into a big impact.”