The Drumheller Rotary Club has decided to honour a couple of valley residents for finding a new source of funding for health care in Drumheller. John McKenzie and Chip Aiello received plaques marking them as 'Unsung Heroes' at the Rotary Club's regular meeting on Monday at the Cretaceous Conference Centre.

The two men took it upon themselves to visit Hutterite colonies around the area asking for contributions to buy needed equipment at the Drumheller Hospital.

"I went to the hospital one day and talked to the administrator and said I had this idea," related McKenzie. "I don't think they really thought we could do it, but we did. We went to 14 colonies; Springvale Colony down south started it off and I think we were turned down by one colony, that's all."

"They're really good people, friendly if you go, I've never had any qualms about going onto their property," McKenzie said of area Hutterite colonies. "We started off really good and all the others pretty well filled in: four or five of them were good donations, and some of them smaller, but they all gave us something."

Aiello wanted to thank the various colonies for donating. He also thinks the success of the venture could lead to more good news down the road.

"A lot of things in a community don't get tried because people say 'somebody's going to say no' or 'that won't work.' Well, try it."

So far, the venture has raised $128,000 and counting for the Drumheller Area Health Foundation.

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