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RMH Auxiliary makes a special gift during a challenging year

KIM COULTER, Communications Specialist RMH

KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ross Memorial Hospital(RMH)’s volunteers offer a vast array of experience, talents and motivation for joining the team. Through their various efforts, they are united in their goal: to help the hospital.

While much of their work has been done from home through the pandemic, they continue to contribute to RMH. New initiatives include the Ross Family & Friends 50/50 Raffle, which launched with a pilot series in the fall of 2020. Now in its fourth series, the raffle has continued to grow with energetic participation from the public.

Thanks to the Auxiliary’s innovative thinking and willingness to embrace online fundraising opportunities, the volunteers are moving their mission forward with a generous donation to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Today, Auxiliary President Anne Botond and members of the 50/50 Committee, Karen Simser, Linda Wakelin, Nelia Steward and Jan Morrison, presented Foundation CEO Erin Coons with a cheque for $10,000 to support the purchase of the community’s new CT Scanner.

“When you’re a part of the Ross Family, the way our volunteers are, it’s hard to stay home even when we know it’s the best way to help right now,” said Anne Botond, RMH Auxiliary President. “We miss seeing the staff, physicians, patients and visitors, and we can’t wait to get back to our regular volunteer services. We’re so pleased to be able to make this donation during such a challenging year and show the community that even though you can’t see us, our hearts are still at the Ross.”

“We’re grateful to see interest in the 50/50 Raffle continue to grow,” said Karen Simser, 50/50 Committee Chair. “It shows us that whether we’re at the Ross or operating online, people love their local hospital and want to support it.”

“For more than a century, the Auxiliary has adapted its volunteer services to meet the needs of the hospital and community. This year, they’ve done it again. Though they’re working from home, they’re working together as one strong support system to make our hospital better. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts,” said Erin Coons, RMH Foundation CEO.

For more information about volunteering with the RMH Auxiliary or to buy tickets for the Ross Family & Friends 50/50 Raffle, please visit

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