Moose Jawg raises $23,000 for health foundation

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Money from the Moose Jawg goes a long way in helping the health foundation buy new equipment for the hospital.

Moose Jawg organizers Darlene Guy (left) and Dawn Luhning present a $23,000-cheque from the 2014 race to Kelly McElree, executive director of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. Over 13 years, the event has raised more than $100,000 for the health foundation.

“I think when everyone crosses that finish line, you see big smiles across their faces for those people who finished the five kilometer, 10 kilometer runs and that’s a personal accomplishment when they do that,” said Kelly McElree, executive director of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation.

“But I also think when they cross that finish line, they know in their heart that they are helping saving the life of a patient at our hospital and so it’s doubly good.”

Moose Jawg organizers Dawn Luhning and Darlene Guy recently presented McElree with a $23,000-cheque from the annual run held on July 1.

“Really all those funds are going towards our brand new state-of-the-art hospital, in particular all the new digital imaging equipment and it’s a wonderful event for the community,” said McElree.

“The Jawg just keeps getting better each and every single year and it also sends such a positive message about healthy living in the community, the benefits of physical exercise too.”

Digital imaging equipment, he said, is used in digital x-ray, mammography and ultrasound. The funds will also help the foundation purchase a new CT scanner and Saskatchewan’s first MRI. The funds were allocated to the capital campaign, which has an $8 million-goal.

“It’s great to see such enthusiasm in people, enthusiasm in the community. We just appreciate all that support. It makes a huge difference and really impacts patient care,” he said.

Luhning said over the last 13 years, the Jawg has raised more than $100,000 for the health foundation. She added she was “thrilled” with the amount raised this year, which is on par with how much was raised last year.

“It’s great to give back that kind of money,” she said. “We wanted to keep it in the community and that’s why we picked the health foundation years ago.”

Luhning added the hospital is something that affects everyone. The new hospital is set to open in Moose Jaw in 2015.

“It just hits home when it’s your own community so that’s why we kept it local,” she said, adding that the donation wouldn’t be possible without runners, volunteers and sponsors.

Luhning, who is a runner, said she enjoys being involved in the community and with the Moose Jawg year after year.

“There’s lots of people who come to our event where it’s the first race they ever ran. They just started running a few months before the Moose Jawg and they use the Moose Jawg as a goal,” said Luhning.

Even during summertime when it seems like a lot of work to organize the race again next year, by mid-December planning for the event is underway.

“You just kind of get rolling with it again. Even though we take a break through the summer, we’re really thinking about it all the time,” said Luhning. “So it’s really an ongoing thing all the time.”

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Health Foundation

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw

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