by Jolene Stover
The KDH Auxiliary has made the difficult decision to once again cancel Hey Day 2022. The safety of our volunteers and our community is our primary concern. There continues to be uncertainty as to what the next few months may bring our way. Hey Day requires months of advance preparation and the involvement of hundreds of volunteers. It is out of an abundance of caution that we felt it was better to weigh on the side of safety, for everyone’s sake.
For 60 years, the Auxiliary along with hundreds of volunteers have organized one of the largest indoor garage sales in Eastern Ontario. Hey Day is the largest fundraiser for the Auxiliary. All the funds raised at Hey Day and the 50/50 draw are donated to the Kemptville District Hospital. Over the years, the KDH Auxiliary has raised and donated over $1.5 million dollars to the hospital to be used for the benefit of the patients.
This year’s cancelation is another major loss for the Auxiliary, but we will continue the fundraising. The Auxiliary would like to thank the many volunteers who would have joined us again this year as they always have, and the new volunteers who would have stepped up for this year. We hope to see you in 2023. We also want to thank the local businesses who would have supported us again with donations of much needed supplies and equipment and who continue to support our fundraising efforts. We encourage everyone to support local; these businesses are the reason we are able to fundraise for the Kemptville District Hospital.
We want to thank all of our neighbours, friends and family who have been saving items to donate; we truly appreciate it; please consider donating them to the many local organizations that depend on items to resell or distribute to those in need.
It has been a privilege to convene Hey Day over the past few years; I will miss the “coming together” of this amazing community. The KDH Auxiliary and volunteers are proud to be part of such a generous community. You make our efforts worth it! Thank you all.