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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2005

Islanders backed the CAT this weekend

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island -Eastlink Television in Stratford was hopping all weekend with great Island entertainment, energetic volunteers and very generous pledges for a very successful weekend for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. More than $444,777 was raised for the new CAT Scan.

This is the 9th year for the 21 Hour Equipment Drive topping last year's figure of $373, 585 by $71,192.

Eastlink's Community Showcase's Marlene MacDonald hosted the show all weekend with help from Vern Murphy who conducted interviews with patients and community leaders and Darren Ings who oversaw the auction desk.

Helping Marlene on the anchor desk was close to forty co-hosts from across the Island. Hundreds of volunteers helped answer phones, did camera work, acted as floor directors, delivered food, took pictures, provided food, did technical support in the mobile and so much more.

Entertainment was top-notch with appearances by Richard Wood, Cynthia MacLeod, Gordon Belsher, Blue Streak, Paul Bernard and Este Mundo, Janet McGarry and Wind River, dancers and singers plus many more. Spoon player Jerry Deveaux of Inverness County, Cape Breton made several appearances on the first day of the event.

Money raised this year helps support the CAT Scan. With the proceeds this weekend the total funds raised for the CAT Scan is now over $1.5 Million.

"We are extremely thankful to Eastlink for broadcasting this wonderful, wonderful event," said Stan MacPherson, Chair of the QEH Foundation "Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out this weekend. It's been an incredible celebration and we couldn't be happier."

21 Hour Equipment Chair John MacLean gave special thanks to all the people who made a pledge this weekend and to everyone who donated items to the on-air auction. "The on-air auction raised $19,860 while $ 95,422 was pledged through the Target Call and Message Centre. Thanks to Kevin and Roberta MacRae, K & R Management, for providing the computer service and to Aliant for the 1-800 numbers."

The QEH Auxiliary, the lead donor to the hospital, came out in big numbers and showed their support in the last hour by helping QEH Auxiliary President Marion Buote providing a $100,000 cheque.

The 21-Hour Equipment Drive always receives great support from a number of organizations including Murray River and Area Ceilidhs, Winsloe Players and Amy MacNevin Memorial to name a few. Lions' Clubs from across the Island presented an astonishing $47,750 during the weekend. This amount included the $17, 750 raised from the successful phone blitz held in Kings County last month. The Federated Womens' Institutes presented $11, 225 from their 'Spring is in the Air" Gala Dinner at the Tourism and Culinary Centre. Also lending their support were young pediatric patients Bradien MacGregor from Charlottetown and Tyson Ellsworth from Miminegash who each presenting a $50 cheque.

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