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Kids hospital radiothon raises $885,000

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CALGARY - Thanks to the generosity of the community and Country 105 FM, the second annual Country 105 Cares For Kids Radiothon raised over $885,000 for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

That makes the radiothon the most successful one in North America for a radio station of its size, says the station.

The Radiothon ran Wednesday November 3rd to Friday the 5th. Dozens of children, families and caregivers captivated listeners with their stories of hope, help and healing thanks to the Alberta Children's Hospital. On Friday, country music star Paul Brandt dropped by to co-host the afternoon drive show. Brandt, a former nurse at the Alberta Children's Hospital, interviewed children and performed live several songs, including Hope, which he wrote for the hospital. Brandt debuted Hope at last year's Radiothon and donated all proceeds from the song to the hospital.

"We are extremely grateful for the generosity our community has shown in making Radiothon a huge success," says Saifa Koonar, interim president and CEO and chief development officer of the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. "Country 105 and its listeners have really embraced this initiative and we are so thankful for their dedication to the 62,000 children and families who rely on the care of the Alberta Children's Hospital."

"Radiothon is an amazing experience," says Garry McKenzie, general manager for Country 105 and Corus Radio in Calgary. "We were honored to share our airwaves with such incredible children, families and caregivers. It really helped build a sense of community for us. And that's what Country 105 is all about."

Radiothon is an initiative developed by the Children's Miracle Network, of which the Alberta Children's Hospital is a member. It is sponsored continent-wide by Foresters. Every dollar donated during this Radiothon stays in Calgary to support excellence in child health at the Alberta Children's Hospital.

Foresters is a financial services organization that offers products such as life insurance and annuities. Foresters customers become members, and many members are eligible for benefits such as competitive scholarships, simply by purchasing a Foresters product.

The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to further the pursuit of excellence in family centred child health care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state of the art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized pediatric research.

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