North Renfrew District Women’s Institute Bolster Community Health Care
The North Renfrew District Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario has made a $2,500 contribution to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation’s MRI Campaign.
The Branch made the decision this spring to give the money to MRI. “It was the right thing to do” said Elaine Hennessy, Newspaper Liaison of the Greenwood branch. “MRI is badly needed in this community. We are thrilled to have been able to make a contribution to such a worthwhile cause.” PRHF Executive Director Nancy Warren echoed her sentiments. “MRI is considered an essential piece of medical equipment. The donation from the North Renfrew Women’s Institute brings us another step closer to having MRI technology in our regional hospital. We are truly fortunate to have such generous groups supporting the campaign.”
In October, Elaine Hennessy and Iris Briggs (Treasurer of the North Renfrew District Women’s Institute), both long time members, visited the Foundation office to share their story and to make the donation official.
Originally the organization was created for farm women as community-building social club. Since that time, the Women’s Institute has grown into a social club for women throughout rural Ontario including the Upper Ottawa Valley. The local branch was founded 115 years ago and now has over 20 members. The Greenwood Branch has held a tea and fashion shows in years past while also participating in the Renfrew North District’s annual quilt raffle. “The proceeds from our events are returned directly to the community, something we are especially proud of” said Iris Briggs, Treasurer. “It is important to support local projects and to stay involved in our communities.”
Watch for the ladies this fall selling raffle tickets for this year’s quilt at the Giant Tiger, the Christmas Farmer’s Market, and other events.
(Photo left to right) Presenting the cheque were Elaine Hennessy and Iris Briggs to Marc Poirier, MRI Cabinet Member and Jessica Bray Fundraising and Development PRHF.
To get involved, donate, or help organize a fundraising event, please contact Donor Relations Coordinator Greg Junop at 613-732-2811 ext 7408 or email [email protected]