Kickstart Your Heart
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.
“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.”
Read their story here.
In 2023, the campaign will raising funds for Critical Care Cardiac Monitors and ECG Machines, which are used every day at the hospital for assessment, monitoring and diagnosis of patients with chest pains or suspected heart issues. With a focus on celebrating love, hearts and community leading up to Valentine’s Day, many local businesses are participating through the Foundation’s Business Cares program, giving individuals a variety of ways to give back from February 1-14, 2023.
An ECG machine gives us a quick “snapshot” of what is going on with a patient’s heart, at that particular moment.
A cardiac machine monitors heart rate, blood pressure, amount of oxygen saturation, temperature and other key vitals.
Business Cares Initiatives for Kickstart Your Heart
Arbour's Flower Shoppe
ONE DAY ONLY (Feb.3), buy a fresh bunch of tulips for $20 – cash and carry only!
Medical Aesthetics by Vee
10% of sales from all Dysport and Xeomin services booked during Feb. 1st to 14th!
Grange of Prince Edward Winery
100% of proceeds from the sales of their limited edition, 2017 Lafontaine du Loup Rose!
Georgian Bakery & Royal Tea on King
TEA & HEART COOKIE TO GO for $5 with a portion of proceeds being donated!
The Happy Pineapple Boutique
$2 from the sale of each Kickstart Your Heart Pineapple Keychain (regular or custom!)
About the Kickstart Your Heart campaign:
In 2021, the inaugural Kickstart Your Heart campaign raised nearly $75,000 toward Defibrillators & Crash Carts thanks to a $20,000 gift from the Hubers, $25,000 pledge from Balm Beach House of Glass, 60 individual donors and six local businesses who committed a portion of Valentine’s Day sales or items to the campaign.
In 2022, through overwhelming support from the Hubers, Weber Manufacturing, Currie Truck Centre, Alan & Alison Fryer and more than 90 individuals and businesses, an additional $189,000 provided the funding to complete the purchase of 10 new Crash Carts & Defibrillators for GBGH.