QEH 21-Hour Equipment Drive on EastLink Television Exceeds Goal, Raises over $507,000

    CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, May 28 /CNW/ - EastLink Television and the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Foundation are celebrating another record-breaking
fundraiser with the tremendous success of this weekend's QEH/EastLink 21-Hour
Equipment Drive. The telethon, which includes a live auction, took place at
EastLink Television's Charlottetown studio on May 23rd and 24th, raising
$507,946 and exceeding this year's fundraising goal.
    "The QEH/ EastLink 21-Hour Equipment Drive was once again an exceptional
weekend. For many, this is a weekend to watch EastLink Television to enjoy
great entertainment and heart-warming stories, while watching Islanders come
together to raise money for a great cause, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the
heart of healthcare on Prince Edward Island," says Barb Dunphy-Gotell,
Executive Director, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. "We certainly
couldn't put on a show of this calibre without the wonderful partnership we
have with EastLink, their staff and volunteers."
    Funds raised from this year's equipment drive will go towards the
purchase of 60 new medical/surgical beds for nursing units of the hospital,
including 20 for the newly announced Acute and Provincial Rehabilitation
Stroke Units. The annual telethon is a cornerstone of the foundation's
fundraising efforts, whose mission is to raise funds for medical equipment for
the QEH.
    "This weekend's QEH/EastLink 21-Hour Equipment Drive was a roaring
success and reflects the incredible generosity of our viewers, whose support
makes events like this possible," says Bruce MacLean, EastLink Television
Regional Manager. "We're both excited and pleased to partner with the QEH
Foundation in helping them achieve - and surpass - their fundraising goals."
    In the 13 years EastLink Television has partnered with the QEH
Foundation, over $2 million has been raised in support of the foundation's
fundraising efforts on Prince Edward Island. For more information on any of
EastLink Television's programming, please visit www.eastlink.ca/eltv/

    About EastLink Television

    For over 35 years, EastLink Television has played an important role in
local television production and programming. EastLink Television provides a
voice to many community members and groups in support of a wide variety of
community-based initiatives. Each year, that voice generates over $2.5 million
in funding for many charitable causes. Each week, EastLink Television produces
approximately 1,400 hours of local programming in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward
Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. For more information about EastLink
Television, visit www.eastlink.ca/eltv/.

For further information:

For further information: Bruce MacLean, Regional Manager, EastLink
Television, (902) 569-0115, bruce.maclean@corp.eastlink.ca

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