With a hearty laugh, that was Leisa Brow’s response, when asked what she and her husband, Ronnie, were going to do with their $3,000.
The couple won the cold, hard cash in the ‘Fab Five Raffle’ as part of 989 XFM Hospital Help Day, an annual fundraiser that benefits the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.
Ronnie said they support the “worthy cause” each year, noting he made his traditional call just one day after returning from working in Labrador.
Like everyone in the Quad Counties, the Brow family has a connection to St. Martha’s.
“Our oldest son [Morgan] was just a month after they moved into the ‘new St. Martha’s,’” Leisa noted of the milestone in May 1989.
Shirley MacGillivray, who won a travel voucher – another of the ‘fab five’ prizes, said she and her husband, Bill, have not chosen their destination.
“We will find somewhere,” she said, with a laugh.
Those winners, along with Susanne Kelly MacPhie ($1,000), Lawrence Skinner (winter package) and Katie Haverkort Oicle (shopping spree), received their prizes at Antigonish Market Square, the location for the 989 XFM Hospital Help Day live broadcast Oct. 25.
“The 24th was great and we are looking forward to the 25th,” 989XFM general manager Ken Farrell said of the Hospital Help Day silver anniversary coming in 2018.
Farrell praised people from across the Quad Counties for their ongoing contributions.
“They realize the importance of our hospital,” he said.
Farrell, noting the many worthy initiatives in the region, added station listeners “continued to support the event.”
He said one of the keys continues to be the “quality of items” available through the popular raffle.
“They are so generous and we really appreciate it,” Farrell said of the donors.
He noted the first Hospital Help Day garnered more than $11,500.
“And that will continue to grow,” Farrell said in an Oct. 30 interview of the then $57,000 raised in 2017.
Noting Scotiabank Antigonish will match purchases made during calls taken by their staff volunteers during the event, he added organizers expect the final tally to match last year’s more than $63,000.
“There are so many people to thank,” Farrell said, noting the support of countless volunteers and Antigonish Market Square.
He added 989XFM staff – both on and off-air – makes a tremendous contribution.
“They are real troopers,” Farrell said.
He added pledge readers and other guests are also keys during the on-air portion of the fundraiser.
Proceeds from Hospital Help Day will help the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation purchase a portable obstetrical ultrasound.
“It is another key piece of equipment that is made possible with this event,” foundation chair Joe MacDonald said.
Describing it as “another very successful day,” he added Hospital Help Day also “boosts the profile” of the foundation.
MacDonald said the support from both the business and broader communities reflects the “great spirit” of the region served by St. Martha’s.
Since its inception, 989 Hospital Help Day has amassed more than $1.1 million.