Wellington, June 21, 2022 - The Rotary Club of Wellington has made good on their promise to support the building of Prince Edward County’s (PEC) new hospital.

It was in the Spring of 2017 that the Rotary Club of Wellington first voted to focus some of its fundraising efforts towards the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (PECMHF) Back the Build campaign for the new PEC hospital. Over the past five years this support coalesced into an actual goal to raise $400,000 as the Club’s contribution.

Today, Wellington Rotarians are pleased to announce the exciting news they have exceeded that $400,000 target by raising $409,500! The announcement took place at their Annual Past President’s dinner in Wellington.

David Smith, President of the Wellington Rotary Club Foundation, and outgoing Club President Trudy Brown, presented Shannon Coull, executive Director of the PECMHF and Nancy Parks, co-chairperson of the Back the Build campaign a final cheque of $309,500- as the Club presented their first $100,000 installment in 2020. 

The waiting area in the Emergency Department of the new QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital will be named in recognition of the Club’s fundraising efforts achieved with the community’s generous support. In making the presentation Smith remarked, “We are grateful to have had so many community members contribute to helping make the Club’s “Back the Build” aspirations a reality.”

To achieve fundraising success, the Rotary Club of Wellington generates funds through donations, club activities and high profile community events.

“I am so proud of our members who have worked so hard to achieve this success”, said outgoing Rotary Club of Wellington President, Trudy Brown. “Our Club has generated these funds via solicited donations, by allocating proceeds from the bottle return depot, and by conducting various fundraising activities. Over the years, these have included dinner/dance events, special Rotary Label wine and maple syrup sales, and an online auction. We want to thank the PEC community who have supported all these club activities and to commend the Club members for this amazing achievement.” 

“We believe it is important our community continues to have access to the best possible health care. A new hospital will not only replace an aging building, it will ensure patients of the hospital continue to have access to quality health care, close to home,” said Smith.

Pictured below are Rotarians, their spouses and partners celebrating their 20th Past President's Dinner at the Wellington-on-the-Lake hall, with a cheque presentation to PECMHF.  In the foreground, pictured from left: David Smith, president of the Wellington Rotary Club Foundation; Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation; Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign co-chairperson and Trudy Brown, immediate past president of the Wellington Rotary Club.

Story excerpts from PECMHF press release
Photo Credit:  Dave Robinet