The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) Foundation has launched a brand new fundraiser – the Holiday Challenge.

Participants can either register for the ‘Holiday Bucket List Challenge’ or the ‘Elf for Health Challenge’, where they have to complete at least 1 item from a list of available options – each day for 25 days – all in support of the regional hospital.

There are 40 options of things to do for each challenge, and participants choose 25 of those. Some examples are watching a classic holiday movie, making a special holiday package or fruit basket to deliver to a neighbour, participating in a winter sport with a friend, sending a holiday card or handwritten note to a loved one, and donating a food item to your local food bank. There are many options from which to choose. It is also a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

Challenge begins on Giving Tuesday

The challenge starts on Giving Tuesday, which is on November 29. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that encourages people to do good. Participating in the Holiday Challenge is a great way to do just that and support your community.

The 25 days of the challenge will end on Friday, December 2. The registration fee to participate is only $20, and participants can do the challenge solo, or work with family and friends to complete it.

Participants will get to create their own profile on the challenge platform, which will allow them to also fundraise for the HGH Foundation by asking their loved ones to cheer them on and support them as they take on this challenge – and all in support of a great cause.

The HGH Foundation’s wish list this holiday season is to help bring more specialized healthcare services to the Hawkesbury hospital for patients, their family, and friends. This includes vital services in orthopedic surgery, urology, ophthalmology, endoscopy, and advanced mammography. Proceeds from the Holiday Challenge will be directed toward their fundraising campaign, There’s No Place Like Home, which will support the purchase of the essential medical equipment needed to enhance these services at HGH.

“One of the priorities of the There’s No Place Like Home campaign is to help HGH purchase 3D mammography technology, which can detect breast cancer even before symptoms appear. This modern and versatile technology not only provides a more detailed image, but enables an exam that is quicker and less painful,” commented Erin Tabakman, Executive Director of the HGH Foundation. “The HGH Foundation hopes to raise $830,000 to purchase this new advanced equipment, called tomosynthesis, and have it available to patients before the end of next year. But this means that the deadline to purchase it and have it installed is coming up quickly, so your support is urgently needed!”

Register early and join the Holiday Challenge during this festive season. There will be a prize for the top fundraiser, as well as prize draws for those that complete the ‘Holiday Bucket List Challenge’ and the ‘Elf for Health Challenge’. Participants will be supporting a great cause, while having fun getting into the holiday spirit.

Local services will reduce travel time for patients

“We have never done anything quite like this before, and hope that people will like the idea,” said Christine Gray St-Denis, Philanthropic Projects Coordinator for the HGH Foundation.We want to share and emphasize how important our current fundraising campaign is. Too many people are still having to travel to Ottawa or Montreal for services that we could bring right here to Hawkesbury.”

“The time and effort required to travel can be grueling, and some people sadly do not have the means to travel so far for their care. So, think of what a great gift you would be offering your community this holiday season by donating or participating in this challenge! You will have a direct impact on patient care at HGH and help bring more important services closer to home.”

For more information and to join, visit the HGH Foundation’s website: www.hghfoundation.org.