2017 was a strong fundraising year for the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, thanks in big part, to the area's Hutterite communities.

"In the last year, we've had some excellent community support from the Hutterite communities," said Linda Ames, the Foundation Administrative Secretary. "They were able to bring in over $100,000 and they brought in three baby warmers for the maternal health unit."

Other organizations this past year have told 99.5 Drum FM that Hutterite communities were a huge support to their own organizations, but none revealed the specific donors or communities.

"We really want to thank the Hutterite community for being so supportive of us and being part of our fundraising efforts here."

Ames also mentioned that the hospital's cancer unit was a big priority for Foundation purchases in 2017. Last year's big purchases included new chairs for taking blood and pharmaceutical refrigerators for cancer medicines.

Looking forward to 2018, Ames explained that there are no concrete plans yet, but there will be soon. The group will be meeting next week to come up with fundraising goals and ideas for the upcoming year.

"The Town of Drumheller was interested in getting some ideas as to fundraising opportunities for the hospital, so we're going to be working on that this next week."

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