HomeBuild helps Trenton hospital
Real estate agent Mike Cowan hands the keys to Sharifa and Naser Mohammed Yar after the couple purchased the latest HomeBuild for Healthcare home Thursday in Trenton. With them were Sarah McDonald of McDonald Homes and Gerald Draaistra of Vanderlaan Building Products and the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation.
QUINTE WEST — The latest HomeBuild for Healthcare project has raised $285,000 for new diagnostic equipment at Trenton Memorial Hospital.
People in at least 54 organizations and businesses, including trades and suppliers, donated time, materials or both for the project. It was the fourth HomeBuild house constructed with proceeds benefitting the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Homes are built at no cost to the foundation, which in turn receives the proceeds of the sale.
Sharifa and Naser (Nick) Mohammed Yar of Quinte West received the keys to their new home Thursday. They're known locally as the owners of Imperial Tailoring.
Gerald Draaistra of Vanderlaan Building Products led the project. He's a director of the hospital foundation. The house was built by McDonald Homes of Brighton.
“McDonald Homes has been fabulous to work with. We are very fortunate to have them in our community,” Draaistra said in a press release.
“Everyone involved knew the importance of supporting health care close to home and how important it was to raising funds for new medical equipment in case you ever need to use the hospital,” the release continued.
In his final meeting as foundation chairman, Phil Wild said the house was sold without the foundation having to pay fees for construction, real estate or legal services.
“This has been a very busy time for contractors,” Wild said Wednesday. “For them to give up income opportunities to donate time for no return (is) absolutely amazing.”
He credited Draaistra with launching the HomeBuild program. Past homes were donated by Staikos Homes, Geerstma Homes and West Side Developers.
The foundation raised almost $3 million last year and this year is aiming to raise nearly the same amount. The CT scanner, which will replace a 12-year-old model, is the largest single item to be purchased with funds raised through this year's #CareforTomorrow campaign. More than $1 million must be raised to purchase the machine and make the required renovations.
“CT scans are a very important part of health care,” Dr. Jessica Biederman, a Quinte Health Care radiologist, said in a video played at Wednesday's annual general meeting of the foundation.
With a new scanner, she said, “We can acquire better images with less radiation in a faster amount of time.”
Quinte Health Care officials have estimated it will reduce radiation doses by 30 to 50 per cent.
Chief radiologist Dr. Emma Robinson recalled CT scans playing a role when she was diagnosed in her 20s with cancer.
“You really need to have … those resources close to home,” she said in the video.
Area businessman Maurice Rollins is matching campaign donations of $1,000 or more.
To donate, visit tmhfoundation.com, call 613-392-2540 ext. 5401 or send a cheque payable to Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation to 242 King St. Trenton, Ont. K8V 5S6.