The Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare is live across all four southwestern Saskatchewan radio stations.

This year, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation hopes to raise $150,000 to purchase a thulium fibre laser system for the Cypress Regional Hospital.

The current total as of 2:30 p.m. is $106,640 after a massive $50,000 donation made just moments ago by Rodney & Dorothy Elmgren's estate.

Doug Heinrichs was on hand to present the gigantic cheque to the non-profit organization and said it was his honour and privilege. 

Elmgren estate donation

"It's part of their estate planning and they've had it for a long time," he said. "The foundation has been in their minds for many years and they decided to make a donation through their wills."

Earlier in the morning, Swift Current Mayor Al Bridal helped kick off the 22-hour event.

"It's exciting to see the commitment the foundation has to both our community and the region," he said. "It's very exciting for me to be here." 

He believes having the foundation based in Swift Current and helping the entire southwest, makes his job as a politician easier.

"Without it here I'm not sure how we would have all this equipment," he said. "We would be advocating with the province a lot more... Having this foundation supply equipment for our hospitals is just one less thing that local politicians have to talk to their MLAs about."

Swift Current Online will continue to provide updates from the two-day event. 

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