The fundraising BBQ which was originally set for Oct 2, has now been re-scheduled to OCTOBER 12 at Brylee Developments. The proceeds are going towards the new hospital/carehome project. See the revised poster below.
It’s time for that amazing bargain opportunity again! Yes, the St. Andrew’s United Church annual rummage sale is coming up, and here are the dates/times.
- Oct. 11-13. from 9am to 9 pm
- Oct. 14 from 9am to noon.
- Pie and coffee are available Wednesday to Friday.
- Items for donation will be gratefully accepted Oct. 2-6.
Here are a few pictures from the event a couple of years ago, just to whet your appetite! (Click any image to open viewer)
Report by Kenneth J. Kerr (EsterhazyOnline)
Golf pictures by Niki Rink (North Valley Credit Union)
The 17th Annual Esterhazy & District Charity Golf Classic took place at Esterhazy golf course on Monday, September 11. Unlike last year, the weather accompanying the event was perfect, and this surely added to the spirit of the occasion, where fun, friendship, and the fellowship of kindred spirits united in a common cause, reigned supreme.
In the evening, the golfers and guests gathered at the Boreen hall to enjoy the supper, once more prepared by Esterhazy Bowlarena and catering. The food was superb, and everyone anticipated the upcoming announcement to see how much had been raised this year towards the hospital/care home project.
The master of ceremonies this year was Chris Miller, owner of Noble Construction, and the first speaker he introduced was Warren Kaeding, MLA for Melville-Saltcoats. Here’s what Warren had to say…
“On behalf of the Provincial Government, and soon to be retired Premier Brad Wall, I’d like to bring congratulations on another successful Charity Golf Classic. Anything that survives more than 17 years is really quite an accomplishment. And, I’d like to personally thank my friend Don Hood for his unwavering dedication for seeing this project come to light, and seeing it through to where you’re at right now. We’ve had a number of conversations, discussions, and meetings, dedicated to seeing this project coming to a conclusion, and we aren’t there yet, but I honestly believe that we’re getting closer.
I’d also like to thank the committee and members of the Esterhazy Health Foundation. The contributions that you’re making to the community, and the surrounding area, has not gone unnoticed. And thank you very much to the doctors and the healthcare professionals that we have in this community. And thanks for calling Esterhazy home for you and your families. We acknowledge that you have so many different places to go, and we appreciate you choosing Esterhazy in which to work and raise your family. And thank you for your long hours and dedication that you’re putting into your work. We know it would be easier in larger communities, so thank you very much for choosing Esterhazy as your workplace.
And thank you to the many sponsors who have continued over 17 years to participate in this annual event. It’s your long-term dedication to this project and community that’s recognized and greatly appreciated. We recognize that not many of you have a personal interest in seeing this project moving forward, which makes your dedication and commitment really mean that much more. And finally, thank you to you, the residents of Esterhazy and the area. We know your patience is being tested, and thank you for continuing to believe in the value of what this facility is going to mean to you, and to your families in the years to come. I hope you had a fun day, and that you’re going to continue to stay enthused and motivated, and continue to work towards the new facility.“
Next to the podium was Don Hood, chair of the Esterhazy and District Classic Golf Committee. Don said this…
“Good evening everyone, and Chris thank you. Another great fundraising day, another great day, and when you compare it to last year boy this was a beauty. And a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraising and to the dinner tonight. The Charity Golf is the major fundraiser for the new hospital and care home. This is critical to our success. And, when I speak about community, I’m not talking about Esterhazy, I’m talking about the area that uses our facility, be it the hospital or the care home, or the doctors. That’s the community.
So, we’re focused on raising our 20% share, for without the 20% share, as Ken Kerr put it, you don’t get in on the dance floor. So, we need that 20%. That 20% we believe is about $11 million, and we have a number of engineers here tonight, so you have this book with an estimate done in 2011, and we’re escalating that to say here’s our number. And you know that can have some flaws in it. But we think $11 million is not bad, so we’re sitting at $9 million, so we’re doing well, and getting close. But we need the extra $2 million. We need that to go to the Government and say, you know guys we’re ready to build, we’re patient, but we’ve been at this since 2009.
Now, the Charity Golf’s been going for 17 years, and in 2009 we started to set aside money for this hospital and care home. So, this Charity Golf is absolutely critical to us getting this next $2 million. And we appreciate your support and your help in making it happen. Now, rural Saskatchewan, if you went to any other community and said, guys we’d like to raise $11 million, there isn’t another community our size that could even come close. So we have a lot of dedication here to make it happen, and we really very much appreciate it, and need it. It’s important for our doctors to have a facility that they are happy to work in. We have a nice medical clinic, but the hospital is very poor. And the quality of the care home is actually worse than the hospital. So, we need this. We’re going to get our 20%, and we’re going to go to the Government and say, guys, we want it to happen and we need it to happen. And, we’ll call it gentle pressure. Thank you.”
The gathering also heard from one of the doctors, Dr. Peter Botha, who had this to say…
“At the moment, we are six doctors working in our clinic. Dr. Nel, Dr. Fajimi, Dr. Rohani, then we have Dr. Viljoen who works here once a month for a week, and our newest acquisition Dr. Hamm. We also have Dr. Van Eeden who works in Langenburg, but who does after-hours calls here. And I don’t speak for myself alone when I say, I find myself fortunate to work in a community like Esterhazy. The warmth and the gratitude of the patients are second to none. However, we do have an aged and rapidly-aging hospital, and for this reason, we are here tonight. We as a clinic would love to care for our patients in a new and improved hospital, a hospital that we as doctors can be proud of, and a hospital where our patients can receive the care and facilities that they deserve.
The proposed plans are for a hospital/care home combination. This will make care, which includes X-ray and lab exams, accessible for our care home residents in times of acute illness, without the need for them to travel to our local emergency facility. This might also mean that they will be able to receive the care that they need out of the comfort of their own beds. I believe that a new facility can help with recruitment and retention of new doctors to rural Saskatchewan. A newer hospital is more attractive than an old one. We have loads of new, locally trained doctors who come out of the system yearly, and we need something to pull them towards our lovely community. I feel that a hospital is just the thing that we need. At the moment, we’re unsure of the specific timeline for our hospital and care home, but I ask you to not lose heart in generating funds for this purpose. Thank you very much.“
Emcee Chris Miller then said, “We golfed, we ate, we shared time with a few hundred great people, we know and understand the importance of giving. We masquerade our day as a golf tournament, and our evening as a supper, but it’s truly a day to celebrate the spirit and generosity of giving. The fundraising is only possible through generosity, and we’re blessed to have that on so many levels here.“
Chris then made reference to the brochures available to every attendee, suggesting that each person take time to read the list of sponsors at every level of contribution. Volunteering groups, and individual volunteers were also then recognized. Appreciation was given for the golfers, and for their hard work in reaching out to the community to support their participation in the event. The top individual fundraisers were also recognized.
It was then time for the big announcement, the moment everyone had been waiting for. Chris said, “We have heard tonight the words of our doctors, community leaders, community members, and our politicians. They have all said that there’s a need for what we are doing, we need to stay on task and keep driving away at this… We’ve all persevered, and we will persist. We will one day have a new hospital… So it is time to announce this year’s total.” He then instructed individuals and tables to make a drumroll… Then he said, “That’s how you harness the power of a team, that’s how you send a message, and that’s how you raise $207,000 this year. Thank you guys, you’re all awesome.“
Below is a gallery of more than 130 pictures taken during the day. Click on any image to open the viewer and then proceed through them.
The Esterhazy and district Lions Club has announced their Annual Trail Ride & Wagon Trek for Saturday, September 23. It will take place at the Duane & Cindy Bartok farm (8 miles south & ½ mile west of Esterhazy – south of Qu’Appelle river). Riders – $10.00. Pancake breakfast and registration – 8:30 to 10:00am. Ride leaves at 11:00am. Hamburgers & hotdogs after the ride. Door prizes, prizes for oldest and youngest rider. Prize for most “Silent hands” sold. Ride at your own risk. No alcohol allowed on the trail. No stallions or dogs allowed and foals must be ponied. 18 & under riders must wear helmets. For more information or to get Silent Hands contact; Irma @ 306-740-7930. Ed @ 306-740-7780. Christine @ 306-740-0027. Proceeds to local Community projects (to be determined).
Recently, the Rural Municipality of Spy Hill pledged a second donation of $600,000 towards the hospital and care home project in Esterhazy. In this picture we see two cheques being displayed to signify the now $1.2 million dollars being donated by the RM.
In the picture:- Back row: Glenn Blakely – Councillor, and Don Hood. Front row: Don Bernath, Jack Neyedley – Councillor, Cheryl Odgers – Councillor, Bob Bruce – Reeve, Corrine Delmage – Councillor. Missing from picture is Marsha Sabo – Councillor.
By Kenneth James Kerr
On September 11, 2017, the 17th Annual Esterhazy & District Charity Golf Classic will take place at the Esterhazy golf course. The event is the major fundraiser for new healthcare facilities in the area, and its continuation each year is due to both the determination of a dedicated group of people who organize it, and the incredible support of the many companies, local authorities, and individuals who donate or pledge towards the building of a new hospital in Esterhazy.
For those visionaries who keep the dream alive, the journey has been characterized by both victories and disappointments. Every successful fundraising event is a victory, as is every positive meeting with a government representative. However, there are times when some disappointment is also experienced, when another year goes by without the hoped-for government announcement, or changes take place that alter the plans.
Recently, the Saskatchewan Minister of Health met with representatives of the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, and representatives of the Charity Golf Classic to discuss the hospital project. The meeting was positive, but it clearly communicated two important realities that some people might see as disappointing. First, there is no government funding available for the project at this time, and second, for the project to move forward it must be a combined hospital and care home at the same time, which means it will be more expensive than originally expected.
So how should people respond to this news? There are two choices. Choice one is to get discouraged and give up. Yes, that is a choice, but what will the end result of that choice be? It would resign everything that has been done in the past to failure. Choice two is to acknowledge the situation, focus again on the dream, and be inspired to carry on.
Which choice do you think offers the better ultimate result?
Yes, it is going to take more money. The larger project requires a larger community contribution to move it forward. Right now, with donations and pledges combined, we stand at $8.8 million already committed to the project. (Already contributed donations are held by the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and the Esterhazy Charity Golf, and are invested and gaining interest.) With the upcoming Golf Classic, it is anticipated the total will rise to $9 million. That’s staggering! However, with the larger project, the 20% share must now increase to $11 million.
How important is it to have this increased community contribution in place? Look at it this way. It’s the ticket to the dance. If we don’t have the 20% in place when government funding is actually available, Esterhazy won’t even get invited to the dance. However, with the 20% in place, we’re at the dance. It doesn’t mean we’ll be invited to take to the dance floor with the government (get guaranteed funding) in any specific year, but at least Esterhazy will be at the dance and eligible for taking the spotlight when the opportunity arises.
So what is the best way to inspire continued fundraising to attain a higher figure? It’s to get a clearer vision of what we’re really aiming for. It’s not just a hospital, it’s the bringing of world-class healthcare to Esterhazy and the surrounding region. That’s a bigger and more powerful dream, and it will give this region something even more valuable.
What does the dream of world-class healthcare look like?
- With an integrated hospital and care home, local seniors will have the facility, the staff, and the medical support, to live a quality life in their sunset years. When critical medical care is needed, they will already be in the right place at the right time.
- With an integrated hospital and care home, the local and district population will have everything they need to receive essential and periodic health care when it is needed.
- With an integrated hospital and care home, it will become easier to recruit new doctors to the area. Doctors are human too, and if they have a choice between working in a dilapidated building or working in a new state-of-the-art facility, where do you think they will gravitate to? Doctor retention is a key factor here. The same goes for nurses, continuing care assistants, and ancillary/support workers at every level.
- With an integrated hospital and care home, this district will be better equipped to handle any disaster, whether by natural causes, commercial incident, or traffic accident.
- With an integrated hospital and care home designed from the ground up, even such factors as a dedicated landing platform for STARS can be envisioned, as well as ambulance bays, and other essentials that are easily overlooked.
This is the real dream. It’s not just about a building, it’s about a quality of life for our parents, for our children and grandchildren, and for every soul in Esterhazy and the surrounding district. Is that a big enough dream to inspire continued fundraising? Is it a big enough dream to enable us to overcome momentary disappointments? Yes, it is.
The Town of Esterhazy knows it, and they pledged an additional million dollars to the project! The RM of Spy Hill knows it too, they pledged a second round of $600.000 just recently. But now the call must go out to all other local municipalities, and corporations, and service groups, and individuals.
Yes, the Golf Classic is coming up, and while they don’t need any more golfers, they do need more financial donations and pledges. These are the people to contact to make that happen…
Jerry Halyk – (306) 745 2136. Heather MacDonald Maga – (306) 745 2404. Gerald (Chip) Bernath – (306) 745 6510, (306) 740 9252. Ed Zimmer – (306) 745 6249.
But, it’s going to take more than the Golf Classic to get the 20% in place. We’ve got to begin thinking outside the box. Will a private investor step up and help? Who do you know in the world of entertainment, or sport who would be altruistic enough to pledge their financial support out of their deep pockets? Are there any “local man or woman makes it big” people out there who originally hailed from this area? What ideas can we come up with? What avenues have not been considered? A bigger dream can stimulate incredible creativity if we put our individual and collective minds to it.
If you have ideas, contacts, etc, please get in touch with Don Hood – (306) 745 6100, (306) 740 7035, or Don Bernath – (306) 793 2008, (306) 740 9975.
The Esterhazy district plays an essential role in the provincial economy. It’s an important place, and that’s why it is still growing with new subdivisions, still attracting new businesses, and still building new community amenities. These are tangible evidences of the ability to dream. And, the people of this area must never lose sight of the dream, the vision, and the goal of world-class healthcare.
We can make this happen!