$50,000 donation to go towards replacing cardiac equipment

HUMBOLDT — A pork producer with a location in LeRoy is giving $50,000 to the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation.

HyLife presented the cheque outside of the Humboldt District Hospital on May 20.

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Lorri Bunko, the foundation’s director, said she was asked to give the company a list of their  immediate needs a week ago.

“I didn't know what we were in for when I put the application in,” she said. “To find out a week later that we have been granted $50,000, I was numb. That was amazing in these times.”

HyLife is donating a total of $750,000 to six hospitals, most of them in Manitoba.

“It is important that we do our part to take care of our communities,” said Grant Lazaruk, HyLife’s CEO.

“We want to help ensure our hospitals have the supplies and tools needed to keep our communities safe.”

Bunko said life has been uncertain for the foundation ever since the pandemic was declared and they had to move out of their office in the hospital. She said they had no idea what the future held for donations.

“COVID’s all happening and things have drastically changed, but the hospital still requires equipment – even more so right now because of the changes to the way healthcare is being done. Our needs are high.”

Bunko said the donation came at a perfect time.

“Later this year we're going to be announcing a $350,000 equipment campaign for cardiac equipment. All of the cardiac equipment within the hospital needs to be replaced by 2022,” she said.

The executive director said after discussions with HyLife, the $50,000 will be applied towards the cardiac equipment campaign.

“We're a hub as a cardiac facility for all the people here, so it’s very important that we secure that for 2022.”

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