The 22nd annual Red Deer Hospital Dream Home Lottery kicked off on Friday amid continued calls for expansion at Red Deer Regional Hospital.
This year, the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation teamed up with Sorento Custom Homes to build the grand prize dream home, located at 68 Larrat Close in Laredo.
The three-bedroom bungalow features 3,110 square-feet of living space and is valued at $840,000.
Proceeds from this year’s lottery will be used to purchase Pyxis Medstations, which are automated medication dispensers with electronic features to ensure safety, accuracy and efficiency, will be used in the emergency room, intensive care unit, recovery room, and other critical care areas at Red Deer Regional Hospital.
The Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation is also using this year’s lottery to encourage central Albertans to ‘Rally Together’ for the continued advancement of healthcare equipment.
They applaud the Society for Hospital Expansion in Central Alberta (SHECA) for their consistent effort in strengthening healthcare funding for Central Alberta by advocating for the redevelopment of Red Deer Regional Hospital.
“We are behind SHECA in their message but as a fundraising entity we want to be sure that everyone knows that regardless of what happens, whether or not we move forward with an expansion, we still have needs that are required in our hospital today,” explains Manon Therriault, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “We as a foundation are looking to fundraise for the equipment that we need today, regardless of what happens in the future. So we hope that our community does rally together to provide the equipment and services that we need now.”
Over the past 21 years, the Red Deer Hospital Lottery has raised over $8.5 million to support local healthcare improvements. The goal this year is to raise $1 million.
In honour of the lottery's 25th anniversary, the foundation is offering up $25 tickets to encourage everyone in the community to support the cause.
“We want people to know the lottery is for the hospital and the 500,000 people who use our hospital,” says Therriault. “We need to be sure that we have the equipment and services needed to provide efficient and enhanced care and that’s why we are all here today and why this lottery is in place.”
The early bird cut-off for ticket sales is May 27 at 11:00 p.m., with the final ticket sales cut-off being June 24 at 11:00 p.m.
The grand prize dream home is open to the public daily from 1-5pm until Mar. 31, then 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays starting April 1.
The final draw is scheduled for July 5 at 10:30 a.m.
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