Warmer temperatures and robins chirping aren’t the only signs that spring is just around the corner in the Battlefords, as tickets are once again available for the annual Battleford Union Hospital Foundation's (BUH) monthly lottery with more than $50,000 up for grabs.
The annual fundraiser for the BUH helps the foundation purchase much-needed equipment for the hospital. Executive director Claudette McGuire said this year they have targeted a piece of equipment that is essential to health care in the area.
“The funds this year will be allocated towards the purchase of a new Pulmonary Unit for respiratory therapy at the hospital,” McGuire said. “This unit cost about $37,000, and is used by about 700 patients per year.”
The Pulmonary Function Unit measures how well a patient is able to breathe and how effectively their lungs bring oxygen to the rest of their body. Those with COPD, chronic lung disease, asthma and those who require assessment of how well their lungs work prior to having surgery will also benefit from the Pulmonary Unit.
Monthly draws begin April 27, with 13 prizes totaling $4,000 to be awarded each month.
“Tickets are just $110 each and get you in on the 158 draws over the next year,” McGuire said. “Plus, if you buy your ticket before Friday, April 13, you will be entered to win our Early Bird Draw of $1,000, drawn on April 20.”
In addition to the regular draws and the Early Bird Draw, those who have purchased tickets over the past three years will be eligible for the Previous Purchaser Draw for $1,000.
Tickets can be purchased at the BUH Foundation office, in the “Gratefully Yours” Gift and Food Shop in the main lobby of the hospital, or online.
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