Turkey Trot Another Success

Hundreds of people trotted their way toward a big boost for local healthcare over the weekend in Pembroke.

The 14th Dr. Kim Armstrong Turkey Trot, a 5km and 10km walk and run, raised over $27,000.

The net proceeds of over $22,000 will be donated to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation toward the hospital's "Cutting Edge" campaign to help modernize the hospital's surgical floor and orthopedic program.

The event is named in honour of Dr. Kim Armstrong who passed away in 2005 after suffering from a stroke.

PRH Foundation Executive Director Nancy Warren told The New Star 96.7 it's a testament to Dr. Armstrong's legacy.

"Kim was a good friend of mine, and she would've been so impressed with the community coming out and supporting this important cause", Warren said.

"You know, our hospital, it's for our community.  And, when we all pull together, it helps to bring best-in-class healthcare to local families -- and that's very, very important".

Officials say nearly 300 racers took part this year, leading to a 23% increase in gross revenue for the event.

The total helps push the public portion of the Cutting Edge campaign to within $1 million of its $2.5 million goal.

Since its inception in 2005, the Turkey Trot has raised over $150,000 in support of bursaries and hospital programs.