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Total funds raised for Kickstart Your Heart is $113,097.

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Kickstart Your Heart campaign raised $113,097 for MRI & an MRI Cardiac Coil!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated to help bring this new imaging technology to GBGH!

Each February, the GBGH Foundation partners with BOUNCE 104.1 and Pure Country 106 for Kickstart Your Heart, a campaign to raise funds for cardiac care equipment for Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH). 

The campaign was first inspired by local philanthropists Conrad & Donna Huber in 2021, whose love for each other and their community brought the idea to life. Read their story here.

“We enjoy being together and doing things together,” share the Hubers. “We have been so fortunate in life and it makes us both happy to be able to give back to our community.  It is our gift to each other.”

In 2024, the Hubers are offering to match donations once again (up to a total of $25,000).  Thank you Conrad & Donna for your amazing and generous support!

SELFIE CONTEST: Look for the red Kickstart Your Heart balloons in each of our partner businesses, and take a selfie with them for your chance to win an amazing prize pack valued at more than $450!  Submit your photo by clicking the button above (starts February 1st).

About this year's campaign

This year’s Kickstart Your Heart Campaign will run from February 1st to February 14th, with a goal of raising $75,000 to bring Cardiac MRI Imaging to GBGH. This service will be available when the MRI machine is installed in early 2025.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within and around the heart. Doctors use cardiac MRI to detect or monitor cardiac disease. They also use it to evaluate the heart’s anatomy and function in patients with both heart disease present at birth and heart diseases that develop after birth. Cardiac MRI does not use radiation, and it may provide the best images of the heart for certain conditions.

There is currently a long wait for this specialized imaging because there are no hospitals between Barrie & Sudbury with this technology. Because the radiologists trained in this specialized imaging also work at GBGH, we have a great opportunity to increase capacity for these scans to help reduce wait times.

The equipment that will be purchased is a specialized MRI coil that directs the scan to the heart, allowing for the best possible imaging of the entire heart system.  

You can DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT by making a donation today!  Help us raise $75,000 during #KickstartYourHeart so that we can continue to keep hearts beating in North Simcoe. 

Business Initiatives for Kickstart Your Heart

Arbours Flower Shoppe logo

Arbour's Flower Shoppe

February 1st to 3rd, buy a fresh bunch of tulips for $20 – cash and carry only!

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Dino's Fresh Food Deli

February 1st to 14th, a portion of proceeds from all Beef Chili & Chili Dog sales!

Mega Mindful Living logo

Mega Mindful Living

February 1st to 14th, a portion of proceeds from all Love Lattes & Beet-utiful Smoothies sold!

Test Batches Brewery

February 1st to 14th, a portion of proceeds from all soup sales!

Medical Aesthetics by Vee logo

Medical Aesthetics by Vee

February 1st to 14th, a portion of proceeds from the sale of each Glowtox Service!

Sweet Treats Factory logo

Sweet Treats Factory

February 1st to 14th, 20% of sales from Valentine’s Variety Boxes and Deep Dish Cookie Pies!

The Pulse Nutrition logo

The Pulse Nutrition

February 1st to 14th, a portion of proceeds from the sale of each Kickstarter Beverage!

Coxworth & Associates Sotheby's International Realty Canada logo

Coxworth & Associates

February 1st to 14th, $50 from every booked home showing!

Boathouse Eatery Georgian Bay Ont. Canada logo

Boathouse Eatery

February 10th & 14th, $10 from every 3-course Valentine's Day meal special!

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The Happy Pineapple Boutique

February 1st to 14th, $3 from every customizable bookmark purchase!

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Cornerstone Barbering

February 1st to 14th, $5 from every shave and haircut booked together!

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Kayleigh Quesnelle, RMT

February 1st & 14th, $5 from every Massage service booked!

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Infinity Golf Lab

February 1st to 14th, $5 from every round of simulator golf booked!

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Grounded Coffee Co.

February 1st to 14th, 100% of proceeds from Kickstart Cookie sales!

YES! I will help ensure my hospital has the equipment it needs to save lives.

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