Manitoulin Health Centre exceeds fundraising goal for new beds

Cameron, Jason and Angela Perdue present a $100,000 donation to Manitoulin Health Centre CEO Derek Graham in memory of their mother Norinne Perdue. photo by Robin Burridge

Perdue-Fielding family donates $100,000 to Sweet Slumbers Fundraising Campaign

LITTLE CURRENT—The Perdue-Fielding family made a very generous $100,000 donation to the Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) Sweet Slumbers Fundraising Campaign, bringing the campaign’s total to $270,000.

The Sweet Slumbers Fundraising Campaign was launched last year with a $200,000 goal to replace 20 beds between the two MHC sites in Mindemoya and Little Current.

At a special cheque presentation last Wednesday at the Little Current Hospital, Jason Perdue shared  with members of the MHC board, hospital staff and community members why his family had decided to make the substantial donation to the campaign.

“I am pleased to be here today surrounded by friends and family in support of the Manitoulin Health Centre’s bed campaign,” said Mr. Perdue. “I am joined today by my brother and sister, Cameron and Angela Perdue, my father Gerard, my grandmother Shirley Fielding, my uncle Craig Fielding and his wife Katriina and my great-aunt and godmother Paula Holler. We are all honoured to be presenting this donation in memory of my dear mother, Norinne Perdue.”

“My mom always loved the outdoors,” shared Mr. Perdue. “She was passionate about riding horses in her youth and eventually competed at dressage events nation-wide. She was also an avid swimmer throughout her life and loved to travel. Despite having travelled the world, she always maintained that it was somewhere closer to home that was her favourite place—the Manitoulin/LaCloche region, as well as the town of Little Current where she took my brother, sister and I many times throughout our youth.”

“Over this past year, as my mom went through her cancer treatments, she spent an increasing amount of time being cared for in hospital,” he continued. “It was in those times that we all saw first-hand the difference that a comfortable hospital bed could make during those times away from home. Nights spent in the hospital are seldom easy times, but a state-of-the-art bed, with extra safety features and improved comfort can make all the difference for patients and their families. We can’t think of a more fitting cause to support in memory of my mother, and we can’t think of a better place to do it.”

“I hope that as I continue my medical education (at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine), perhaps even having the opportunity to do clinical placements on Manitoulin Island, that I can see the positive effects of this fundraising efforts on the comfort of my future patients. I share with my mom a love for the Island and I am anxious to see it continue to thrive.”

MHC board vice chair and chair of the fundraising committee Angela Becks brought best wishes from the board and thanked the Fielding family for their continued support and partnership and welcomed the Perdue family as new partners.

MHC CEO Derek Graham noted how touched he was by the gift from the Perdue-Fielding family and the special thoughts behind the donation.

Following the presentation The Expositor spoke with Mr. Graham who informed The Expositor that the $100,000 donation had brought the campaign’s total to $270,000. He explained that the $200,000 will be used immediately to purchase the 20 beds, 10 for each of the two MHC sites (Little Current and Mindemoya) and that the remainder of the funds would be set aside in a restricted legacy fund to be earmarked for related purchases in the future.

“We will be receiving the beds in bunches between now and the end of year,” explained Mr. Graham. “Within the month, we should be receiving our first shipment of four beds per site.”