The Royal Bank of Canada has partnered with the Rouge Valley Health System for the Gift from the Heart to Save a Heart campaign. Branches in Scarborough, Ajax and Pickering will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for Rouge Valley’s cardiac care program from April 16 to June 14.
Their goal is to raise $75,000 to buy three new electrocardiogram machines.
Electrocardiograms are used to screen for heart disease. They are also required for every patient over 50 admitted to the hospital for surgery.
The health service has 30 machines, but they get worn out and need replacing.
RBC has 15 branches in the community and the regional vice-president for Scarborough, Pickering and Ajax, Lisa Gallagher said it’s all about making a difference.
“The goal is to build a healthier community and give back,” Gallagher said. “These electrocardiogram machines will touch a lot of people.”
Raffle tickets cost $5 each or three for $10. All proceeds will be donated to the Rouge Valley Health System. There will be five major prize packages for the raffle: an entertainment package, a home office package, a fun in the sun package, a shopper’s delight package and a dining bonanza package.
Winning tickets will be drawn at Rouge Valley Centenary on June 14.