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By Heather Sutherland, Barry's Bay This Week

Gregory Junop, Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation donor relations co-ordinator, front left, accepts a cheque for $1,000 from Palmer Rapids and Area Lions Club members Wayne Junop, front second left, Kelly Klinck, Dorothy Hannah, Marlene Ryan, Irene Tennant, middle left, Dawn Pelley, Ellen Musclow, Sharon Schwieg, Ken Musclow, back left, Lloyd Tennant, Stella Madigan, Dale Kuiack and Brad Schwieg.  The money is going towards the hospital’s Image Matter campaign, which will purchase and install an MRI machine.

Gregory Junop, Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation donor relations co-ordinator, front left, accepts a cheque for $1,000 from Palmer Rapids and Area Lions Club members Wayne Junop, front second left, Kelly Klinck, Dorothy Hannah, Marlene Ryan, Irene Tennant, middle left, Dawn Pelley, Ellen Musclow, Sharon Schwieg, Ken Musclow, back left, Lloyd Tennant, Stella Madigan, Dale Kuiack and Brad Schwieg. The money is going towards the hospital’s Image Matter campaign, which will purchase and install an MRI machine.

Working to get health care services closer to home, the Palmer Rapids and Area Lions Club donated $1,000 to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation’s MRI fundraising campaign.

Club president Kelly Klinck says the club agreed to support the Image Matters campaign because it will help bring important services closer to the area.

“We have all either needed an MRI or known someone who has, so it would be really nice to have one close to here,” she says.

The Image Matters campaign kicked off in September and has a goal of raising $4.5 million for both the purchase and installation of the equipment.

Gregory Junop, hospital foundation donor relations co-ordinator, explains $3 million is for the purchase and $1.5 million is for the necessary expansion to house it at the Pembroke Regional Hospital.

So far, the campaign has raised $2.4 million.

Junop says the Pembroke hospital serves 104,000 people and so the machine “will go a long way to serve people.”

He adds communities across the Ottawa Valley have really stepped up to support the campaign. “And it’s because of groups like the Palmer Rapids and Area Lions Club that make [this purchase] possible,” he says, adding, “All this is dedicated to bringing comprehensive coverage to home.”

The next closest MRI machine is in Ottawa at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

The Palmer Lions donation came from their Nevada ticket sales.

The club has challenged other local Lions clubs to meet or exceed its donation to the campaign.

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