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QEH Foundation honours donors at Fall Friendship Dinner

Ed Lawlor, right, QEH Foundation board chairman, stands with guest speakers and monthly donors Cathy Livingstone, a stroke survivor, and her husband, David, in front of the Foundation’s donor wall.
Ed Lawlor, right, QEH Foundation board chairman, stands with guest speakers and monthly donors Cathy Livingstone, a stroke survivor, and her husband, David, in front of the Foundation’s donor wall. - Contributed

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation recently hosted a Fall Friendship Dinner at the QEH celebrating over 170 individuals, businesses and community groups that had reached a milestone in cumulative giving and are recognized on the foundation’s donor wall.

These donations allow for the purchase of priority medical equipment for the QEH.

The evening was hosted by QEH Foundation chairman Ed Lawlor, who thanked everyone for their commitment to the Island’s largest hospital, allowing excellent health-care services in P.E.I.

“With advancing technology and as numerous medical procedures become less invasive, equipment and technology needs continue to evolve,” says Lawlor.

Several methods of how donors could provide support were highlighted, including online giving, monthly donations, payroll deductions, memorial and tribute gifts, matching gifts, major gifts, gifts of shares, gifts of life insurance and bequests gifts naming the QEH in estate plans. Support can also be given through the foundation’s signature fundraising events, including the annual Friends for Life Campaign, the QEH/Eastlink Telethon, the QEH Yuletide Gala Auction and the Harry MacLauchlan ‘Great Day’ Fore Health Memorial Golf Tournament.

Lawlor said that donor support this past year has led to growth and success. QEH Foundation established five Named Endowment Funds with gifts received, where the principal contributed is invested and only the income from the fund is used to support equipment priorities.

“We are truly honoured that these individuals have chosen the QEH as the recipient for these momentous gifts,” says Lawlor. “The ongoing impact on health care this will make for Islanders for years to come is tremendous.”

During the evening, Stratford’s Cathy and David Livingstone shared their personal journey at the QEH. Cathy,who had recently retired following over 30 years of nursing at the hospital, suffered a life-threatening stroke.

“I was admitted to the emergency department and then to the ICU and eventually progressing to the provincial acute stroke unit and rehab,” says Livingstone. “As an inpatient, I received extensive physiotherapy, and as an outpatient, I continued with physio as well as occupational and speech therapies and spiritual care. We have the very best equipment here on P.E.I. Every dollar donated truly counts and makes a difference.”

Over 1,700 names are currently displayed on the donor wall, representing a collective accomplishment of giving since the foundation’s inception in 1984. As donors reach various levels of contributions, their name is added to the wall, which is updated annually. This special recognition event acknowledges those who are moving on to the donor wall for the first time or whose cumulative giving is moving them to the next level of recognition.

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