The Ceilidh in the Round, once again, struck a high note in support of the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation (SMRHF).
The annual fundraiser took centre stage Aug. 3 on St. F.X.’s Memorial Field in Antigonish.
“We are still doing the math,” Joe MacDonald, one of the organizers, said of the final monies garnered by the event.
The SMRHF past chair described it as a “resoundingly well-received event.”
“One that we would like to see more widely supported by the community for which the event is benefiting,” he noted, when it comes to attendance numbers.
For the third time, internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Guthro – a native of Sydney Mines, Cape Breton – hosted the musical showcase.
“The talent was spectacular – it was a great show. Those that were there wanted it to go on,” MacDonald said.
He noted organizers continue “to look for the right date and venue.”
“We see this as an annual event that can raise significant money for the [SMRHF] endowment to all us to support our hospital through enhanced equipment, education and research,” MacDonald explained.
“These things are more critical than ever; not just because of the benefits to the community receiving care but they are also an essential tool for recruitment and retention of doctors and medical staff.”
When he took the mic to welcome everyone to the festivities, Dr. Mike Silver – an Antigonish native and radiologist at St. Martha’s – stressed the importance of continuing the fight for the regional hospital, including putting pressure on provincial politicians, along with providing support for the endowment fund.
“Voice your opinion,” he said.
Silver also encouraged people to play a part in welcoming physicians to the area, noting an initiative that Drs. Jane Anne Howard and Tanya Sullivan are spearheading, as part of an ongoing recruitment and retention effort.
SMRHF chair Wayne Ezekiel praised those involved with the now annual fundraiser, which was celebrating its third year.
“It is so important,” he noted.
MacDonald said the event would not have been possible – or successful – without the effort of many volunteers.
“We are working towards growing and enhancing the concert to maximize the showcase of local talent and financial benefit to St. Martha’s,” he added.