Hearts Together event raises $131K

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Behind the scenes of Hearts Together for CK Hospice hosts Greg Hetherington and Cheryl Johnstone.

Residents from across Chatham-Kent and beyond tuned into the first Hearts Together for CK Hospice benefit broadcast on Sept. 24, and judging by the funds raised, it was a success.

Streamed lived on Facebook and YourTV, the program aimed to educate, entertain and inspire audiences to donate in support of hospice palliative care in our community. Donations received before and during the event totalled more than $131,000. Additional donations are still being accepted.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity and kindness shown by donors in support of our hospice families. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic and the many restrictions associated with it, Chatham-Kent Hospice continues to provide compassionate care to those at end-of-life and their families,” said Randi Bokor Caron, event chair, via a media release. “With over 50 per cent of the Chatham-Kent Hospice operating budget being covered by donations each year, these funds will be used to ensure hospice residents remain comfortable and connected to their families at no cost to them.”

Highlights of the broadcast include testimonials from families supported by hospice, video performances by local artists, and three prize draws for gift cards to local businesses.

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