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CRH Foundation radio-a-thon raises over $262,000

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it turned out to be another very successful annual fundraiser for the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation.

The Care From The Heart Radio-a-thon was held Thursday, February 11th with all six Lethbridge radio stations, including 94.1 CJOC and 98.1 2DayFM taking part.

Once all the cheques and donations were counted, over $262,000 was raised for the CRH Foundation this year.

That was actually above their goal of $250,000.

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Things were done differently this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic with donations only being allowed to be made over the phone or online, as opposed to in-person as has been the case in the past.

All the money raised will go to support the greatest needs at Chinook Regional Hospital such as buying new equipment and funding special projects.

Since the radio-a-thon began 11 years ago, it’s raised well over $2.3 million.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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