It was a summer to remember for the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation, as they celebrate a strong couple months of fundraising, and planning for the future.

"A lot of planning, a lot of irons in the fire," says Executive Director of the HDHF, Lorrie Bunko.

She added that the foundation also received some surprises.

"We received donations that we never expected, we received opportunities that came our away the weren't expected," explained Bunko. "Overall, it's a very positive outlook going into the fall and into the winter."

A big part of the next few months is key annual fundraisers.

On Saturday, September 19th, the Friends 'Fore' Charity Golf Scramble takes place at Watson's McNab Regional Park.

Each year as part of the tournament, funds go towards both the foundation, and the group in which they partner with. This year, the additional beneficiary will be the Watson Community Health Centre.

"We started with Watson, and it's that time where it came back around to them," stated Bunko. "We're working with an awesome committee out there raising funds, and net proceeds are shared."

Eight days later, the foundation will hold their Have a Heart Walk, Run, or Bike on Sunday, September 27.

Funds from the event will go towards a bariatric bed, which is a high priority for the health complex.

"It holds up to 550 pounds. It is a specialized bed and is safer for those patients who are needing a little more room, having a hard time getting out of the bed, and it actually lifts up where the patient can walk right out of the bed."

Registration for the Have a Heart event is $30 for adults, $25 for students, or by collecting pledges. There will also be prizes for best dressed for the Harvest theme.

Entering it's fourth year now, the HDHF is once again implementing the Bear Hugs For You initiative.

"It is focused on kids ten and under coming in for emergency services, and day surgery," says Bunko. "Kids can be very traumatized and it can be very hard on them when they are here, and the staff are able to access these bears and use it as comfort towards the child they are working with."

Bunko added that they are presently seeking sponsors for the program. Businesses can get on board for a $1,000 investment, which provides 50 bears.

Those interested in donating or signing up for any events can contact the HDHF by calling 682-4450, or visiting their website.

To hear more from Bunko in an interview with Bolt FM's Clark Stork, click below.