At Laurysen, giving is part of who we are. So, when we heard about an exciting new opportunity to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities locally, we knew we had to get involved.
The first annual Ottawa Corus Entertainment Radiothon occurred on Thursday, May 26th. From 6 am to 6 pm, boom 99.7 and JUMP 106.9 dedicated the entire broadcast to inspiring stories, great music and fundraising.
“This was a new event for us, and we were thrilled to be a part of it,” said Harley Wallin, Sales and Marketing Manager at Laurysen. “It was amazing to hear stories from parents and patients and see the community come together to support such an important cause.”
Since 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities Ottawa (RMHCO) has provided a home-away-from-home to families that must travel for hospital care. Here in Ottawa, the organization offers a 14-bedroom Ronald McDonald House located just steps from Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms inside the hospital itself. To date, over 13,000 families have benefited from the comfort these spaces provide and allowed families to stay close to one another while a loved one receives medical care.
The Radiothon encouraged Ottawa-area residents to become a “Housewarmer” by making a monthly donation that will cover things like overnight accommodations, meals, utilities, laundry detergent, internet access and more.
Throughout the day, Laurysen Kitchens, and other Radiothon supporters, served as Power Hour Sponsors. For every donation made during a Power Hour, donations were matched by the corporate sponsor helping RMHCO get closer to its fundraising goals. By the time the day ended, $40,800 was raised for families of sick children!
“We were extremely proud to be a part of this hugely successful event and definitely plan to continue our involvement in the future,” says Wallin. “It was just the first year; the Radiothon is bound to make even more money in the years to come.”
Please consider making a difference by donating to RMHCO today. Any amount is appreciated and will directly help families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Ottawa.