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.”
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.
This year, the campaign will be switching focus to raise 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.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon!