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Roughrider Intl. donates $100K to Gratitude Campaign

PHOTO. Supplied. Northern Lights Regional Health Foundation.

Roughrider International and the Secord family have donated $100,000 to the Northern Lights Health Foundation’s (NLHF) Gratitude Campaign.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the Roughrider International office.

Lorna Ash, director of development with NLHF said the donation will be put towards the Minimally Invasion Surgical Suite Project at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.

“We keep hearing how people just don’t want to have to keep travelling down to Edmonton and Calgary for testing, surgeries and any medical services.”

She also said that the project will make the cleaning and prepping process 10 to 12 times faster than it currently is, with equipment attached to the ceiling to avoid tripping hazards and fewer cords that need to be sanitized.

The $7.6 million project will also help to attract highly skilled surgeons to the region with state-of-the art theatres and an optimal operating environment.

Currently over 3000 surgeries are performed at the health centre every year. The upgraded surgical suite could result in 500 more surgeries a year.

James Secord COO of Roughrider International said giving back to the community is a big part of the culture at Roughrider.

“All of us at Roughrider are very proud to support the Northern Lights Health Foundation, helping our family, friends and community receive the first-class health care they deserve. We all live in Fort McMurray, our kids, grandkids live here. It is extremely important to invest in things that benefit this great community we call home.”

The significant donation has brought the campaign total to $3.95 million of their $7.9 million goal.