Rimbey Ladies Auxiliary executive members (l-r) Pam Scott, vice president; Grace Shumski, secretary; Pat Muddle, treasurer; and Brenda White, president, got together on May 13 to make the draw in place of the annual Strawberry Tea and Bake Sale. Photo Submitted.

Rimbey Ladies Auxiliary announce raffle winners

The annual Strawberry Tea fundraiser took a different approach with the COVID-19 pandemic

The Rimbey Hospital Ladies Auxiliary drew the names of their raffle winners on Wednesday afternoon.

The raffle is usually part of the annual Strawberry Tea and Bake Sale fundraiser for the Rimbey and District Hospital, which was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year the tickets didn’t sell out as sales were cut short as result to the pandemic.

Brenda White, ladies auxiliary president, said this year wasn’t as big of a success as usual, but the group is happy considering the situation.

“Most of the board decided to go ahead and do the draw on the day that we would’ve had the Strawberry Tea anyway, [May 13], so we drew for all our prizes this afternoon,” said White.

Trevor Josok will take home a quilt with matching pillowcases and toss cushion, Garry Sturm is the winner of the teddy bear birdhouse and Harvey Layton won the draw for Lego.

The money from the fundraiser will go towards the purchase of a double room lift for long-term care.

“It’s a bed lift so they can lift people in and out of bed with it so those are quite expensive and that’s what our money is going towards,” White explained.

She added they are also trying to make the gazebo more user-friendly for family visitations during the pandemic as they must be done outside.

“We help provide the comfort and services for long-term care and acute care at Rimbey [and District] Hospital,” commented White.

“The community is very good at supporting us, so that’s really important.”

Recently, the auxiliary also received a grant which they used to purchase an ice machine for long-term care.

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