UPDATED: Mosaic to match first $150,000 in radiothon donations

Nathan Liewicki
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Marnel Jones, left, senior community investment specialist with The Mosaic Company, speaks into a microphone as Dave Reidy, chair of the capital equipment campaign for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, looks on at Golden West Radio Tuesday morning. The pair were on hand at Golden West Radio for the announcement that Mosaic would match up to $150,000 raised at the Family First Radiothon being held May 1 and 2.

'Huge step toward building the hospital of tomorrow today': Reidy

The eighth annual Family First Radiothon is still more than a week away, but excitement for the event is again on the rise.

On Tuesday morning, Marnel Jones, senior community investment specialist for The Mosaic Company, joined Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF) representatives, Kelly McElree and Dave Reidy, at Golden West Radio for a big announcement.

Shortly after 8 a.m. the big revelation was made, and with it, the Mosaic Match was hatched. 

“At the upcoming radiothon, Mosaic is going to be matching the first $150,000 raised,” Jones told those at the press conference and over the airwaves.

The partnership between Mosaic and the MJHF has blossomed in recent years, and that is something Jones alluded to in the decision to provide matching monetary support at the radiothon.

“Our partnership with the Moose Jaw Health Foundation has been growing every year and for us we know that the Moose Jaw Health Foundation and the work that they do is essential to having a healthy and growing community and the new hospital is going to be great for all of Southern Saskatchewan, especially Moose Jaw,” said Jones.

Reidy, chair of the capital equipment campaign with the MJHF, noted the financial contribution from Mosaic is absolutely incredible and a huge step toward building the hospital of tomorrow, today.

“They continue to provide leadership in this province when it comes to giving back, especially when it comes to advancing health care,” said Reidy.

McElree, executive direction of the MJHF, echoed Reidy’s remarks.

According to McElree, it was Mosaic who came to the MJHF and asked what they could do to help out at the radiothon.

With the goal of the radiothon to raise $500,000 to fund Saskatchewan’s first Universal Care Unit, Mosaic’s matching contributions are certainly welcomed by the MJHF.

“They’re such a generous organization and so wonderful to work with that we are so overwhelmed by their generosity,” McElree told the Times-Herald.

Mosaic is the first company to come forward and partner with the MJHF, as far as matching donor contributions at the radiothon. 

But it might not be the last.

The radiothon’s $500,000 goal is just a fraction of the $8 million needed to fund the capital equipment campaign of Moose Jaw’s new regional hospital, but with the support of the community, McElree believes the goal can be met.

Knowing that a giant conglomerate is supporting them with $150,000 is important. That being said, McElree knows community support during the radiothon is key.

“Health care is such an absolute vital part of this community and they recognize that and we are so appreciate of that support,” he said. “It’s great for a donor to know that if they give $100, it’s actually double to $200 because of that match. 

“We’re just hoping everyone in the community gets out and supports the radiothon.”

The Family First Radiothon will be held at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall on May 1 and 2.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Moose Jaw Health Foundation, The Mosaic Company, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Country Mall

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