RED FM Radiothon raises almost $270,000 in its 4th year!

Kristin McVeigh | November 07, 2017


In its fourth year, the RED FM Radiothon has once again received overwhelming generosity from the South Asian community. The event has resulted in almost $270,000 for Peter Lougheed Centre and Calgary Health Trust.  The Radiothon is in celebration of the birth anniversary of the pioneer of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Donations 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. With hemodialysis units in Calgary constantly at or nearing capacity, 23 per cent of these patients currently must dialyze in other quadrants.

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. Last year’s project, the ‘Mai Bhago’ Women’s Triage Area, will be 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. It is expected to open in Spring 2018. 

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