File photo by ADVOCATE staff McKenna Causey of Blackfalds is making progress towards her goal of raising money for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Central Alberta teen working hard to turn $150 gift into new equipment for Red Deer Regional Hospital

A little more than five months after she first made a plea to area business and people to donate money to buy equipment for the hospital, McKenna Causey is making some headway.

The 18-year-old Red Deer College student was given $150 from the Royal Bank of Canada through its Make 150 Count campaign. The bank wanted to give the money to young people making a positive impact in their communities.

So far she has raised more than $7,000.

“I’m really thankful for quite a few people who went out of their way to help me and to get other people to help donate,” said Causey, of Blackfalds.

Causey wants to turn the money into a much larger donation, by challenging business or people to match the donation RBC made.

She wants the money to go towards purchasing phototherapy equipment for the Red Deer Regional Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. At the beginning she set out with a goal to raise more than $22,000, which would be enough to donate two sets of the equipment to the hospital.

Causey has made pitches to the Red Deer Doula Society and the Red Deer Rotary Club to raise the money.

“It means so much to me,” said Causey. “A lot of people helped out at first, and I’m so thankful for it.”

Though she hasn’t quite reached her goal, she hasn’t given up hope she can make a difference.

At first Causey wanted to fundraise to buy incubators, but the hospital had recently received several incubators. After some discussions with hospital staff, phototherapy equipment was settled on. It helps get rid of jaundice in new babies.

To donate email make150countcampaign@gmail.com, or call Causey at 587-876-0429. For more information visit www.make150count.weebly.com or the Make 150 Count Campaign Facebook Page.



mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Trudeau unveils details for emergency payment for Canadians

Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accepted starting Monday

‘It’s like ghost towns:’ Canada’s border communities adapt to COVID-19 changes

Entry between Coutts, Alta., and Sweet Grass, Mont., is one of the busiest on the Canada-U.S. border

COVID response offers chance to shift direction of Canadian economy: experts

Many are asking how the economy can be restored without greenhouse gases tagging along

WATCH: Red Deer emergency call centre hours change starting next week

Hours at the City of Red Deer’s COVID-19 emergency call centre will… Continue reading

Alberta Health Services provides COVID-19 prevention tips

Alberta Health Services has a number of recommendations for people amid the… Continue reading

Alberta government website has latest COVID-19 statistics

Red Deer Advocate readers can stay up to date on the COVID-19… Continue reading

With workers at home, feds eye ways to fast-track training program, groups say

How to help workers stuck at home or out of work to prevent their skills from becoming

Hajdu brings anthropology, public health experience to COVID-19 fight

“There’s a piece of me that’s still an anthropologist at heart, if you will”

Spring cleaning can’t be avoided

It’s the perfect time for spring cleaning now that we are confined… Continue reading

Drake does the ‘Toosie Slide’ in new video, shows his mansion and empty T.O. streets

New creative outlet during the COVID-19 pandemic: The “Toosie Slide.”

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds

The artist and her three-year-old son displaying symptoms

US braces for more virus deaths; Europe hopes crisis peaking

The number of people infected in the U.S. has soared to more than 300,000

Most Read