Each year, Albertans give $157 million to the more than 70 health foundations and trusts in the prov- ince affiliated with Alberta Health Services.
“The contributions of health foundations and trusts
are a key component in AHS meeting the needs of local
communities, patients and their families,” says Lynn
Redford, AHS’s vice-president of Community Engage-
ment. “The donors to these organizations support
everything from capital campaigns to build new hospi-
tals to quality-of-life programming that brings a piano
How funds are raised is as diverse as health
The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation in
Lethbridge holds a 50/50 staff payday lotto twice a
CT (computerized tomography) scanner and a healing
garden at the new Fort Saskatchewan Hospital (which
will replace city’s current health centre in 2011).
Each July, the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Weekendto End Women’s Cancers in Calgary raises millions ofdollars for cancer research and treatment. Over the pastfour years, the Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation has staged an annual dinner theatre annuallyto raise funds for a handibus, fetal heart monitor andother equipment. And in Edmonton, $10 million wasraised to help build the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
In Fort McMurray, the Northern Lights Health Foundation generates support through its annual Festivalof Trees each November. And the Sheep River HealthTrust supports health care services in Okotoks andBlack Diamond with an annual golf tournament.