In its fifth year, the RED FM Radiothon once again received overwhelming generosity from the South Asian community. The event has resulted in more than $268,000 for Peter Lougheed Centre, having already raised $1.95 Million previously. The Radiothon is in celebration of the birth anniversary of the pioneer of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Donations from this radiothon will support the Hemodialysis Development Project, which will be recognized on the unit through the ‘Dukh Bhanjan Patient and Family Area.’ There is no cure for kidney disease, and individuals with failing kidneys require dialysis as a life-sustaining therapy. This Development will increase the number of dialysis stations by nine, almost doubling capacity on the unit. The largest increase in demand in hemodialysis is from Calgary’s NE, with a 49 per cent increase in the number of patients who reside there or in immediate areas since 2011.
In its inaugural year, donations to the RED FM Radiothon supported the expansion of the Peter Lougheed Centre’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with the development of the ‘Mata Tripta’ NICU Pod, named in honour of the Guru’s mother. The expanded unit opened in Spring 2017. The second project, the ‘Mai Bhago’ Women’s Triage Area, which opened in Spring 2018, is the epicentre of the new Women’s Health unit and the first point of contact at the Peter Lougheed Centre for expectant mothers and their families.
Calgary Health Trust is proud to be part of this event, and is humbled each year by the generosity of RED FM listeners and their whole team. Click here to see more pictures of the event. To learn more about the hemodialysis project, click here!