The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation has unveiled its first online 50/50 raffle as a method of raising funds remotely and safely, given the current pandemic.
Officials with the foundation say they were hearing from groups who would usually hold fundraisers for the hospital but were not able to over the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But now those cohorts can sign up to be part of the fundraiser, which is running until May 30. Any person buying 50-50 tickets can pick a group to designate who gets credit for “raising” the funds.
“A lot of them were asking how they can still give to their hospital during days that they aren’t able to fundraise,” said MaryEllen Hughes, director of philanthropy with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.
“It’s really just in an effort to help our groups continue to help us.”
For instance, you can click to say that your ticket is in support of “Fredericton-Hazel Grove Women’s Institute” or “Winsloe Players”. Your donation counts toward the chosen group’s cumulative total on the foundation’s donor roll.
The foundation’s site says that other groups that want to be part of the fundraising challenge can make their applications so as to be included in the “In Support Of” drop-down menu.
Those buying tickets without a particular fundraising group in mind can pick “QEH Priority Equipment Needs” in the drop-down menu.
“It helps somebody hopefully win a really nice, wonderful pot of money,” said Hughes. “And it helps us then purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the neonatal unit, keeping even more families here at home on P.E.I.”
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation wants to help in buying additional incubators known as Giraffe Omnibeds for the QEH neonatal intensive-care unit. Each cost around $70,000, and they are designed to lower stress for newborns by keen them warm and hydrated.
The 50/50 tickets cost $5 each, but you can also purchase higher amounts, including 35 for $50. And if you happen to win the jackpot, you will get half the ticket sale proceeds. The draw will happen to live online on May 30.