Annual Biermans' Community Classic fundraiser is 20 years and running 

The Harry Biermans’ Community Classic took place on the 1st Sunday in May. It is a 5.2 km course open to walkers, runners and in line skaters, in a variety of age categories. It has been running for the past 20 years, but as of 2010, has decided to take a break.

The Annual Harry Biermans' Community Classic was a fundraiser for the Chesley Hospital. The event was held at the Chesley Community Centre with the course starting and finishing at this location. The event also included healthy play activities for children provided by the "Play in Grey Bruce" group taking place before and after the walk/run. Other festivities included face painting, horse drawn wagon rides and snacks provided by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Chesley, like so many of our rural communities, is resilient, with many hard working citizens that pull together to make this a vibrant place to live. Venturing through the streets, parks and trails of our town will reveal many testimonies of people's commitment to the community. Whether it is the Trail Committee, the Horticultural Society, The Kinsmen and Kinettes, the Optimists, Rotary, Minor Hockey or countless others, you see evidence of the effort, commitment and foresight of people to build a caring community that meets the needs of its citizens.

A very significant part of our community is our youth and the young people of our community are no slouches when it comes to contributions to our community! Over the years "Cougars Care," a fundraiser of the student body of Chesley District High School has supported many worthwhile causes. Cops for Cancer, World Vision, Teen Challenge, Crohn's and Colitis, the Chesley Hospital and others have all been recipients of the generosity of our youth. This year the "Cougars Care" has lent its support to the Harry Biermans' Community Classic, and the committee is honoured and thrilled! It is reassuring to see youth committed to helping those around them, to contributing and making a difference, and to having the foresight to invest in their community and in our shared future.

Funds raised through this event over the years have helped to purchase many vital pieces of equipment for the Chesley Hospital. This would not be possible without the public's generosity and dedicated support of the hospital.

Over the last 20 years approximately 3,000 people have walked over 15,000 kilometres and raised over $260,000 to help ensure a viable hospital for our community. The efforts of those who gather pledges, those who walk, run and roller blade, the generosity of those who sponsor participants and the hard work of the event volunteers is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon

The 18th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon was held Saturday October 19, 2019, airing live on CKNX am 920.  Last year's project, 4 new hospital beds for the Chesley Hospital, have been making patients more comfortable, safer and healthier for awhile now.  This year's project is a Hematology POCT Analyzer, $30,567.  The support received through the Radiothon and BBQ at the Chesley Grocery Store means the medical staff gets blood test results in a minute instead of twenty minutes after being taxied to Walkerton.

Any additional donations for future projects always are welcome.  The Chesley Foundation and Hospital thank CKNX and all who donated.  The patients, staff, volunteers and Foundation are extremely grateful for the strong community support.

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COVID-19:  During this health crisis, the Foundation is working off-site; however, donations can be made to P.O. Box 40, Chesley, via or at hospital registration. In response to the increased COVID-19 cases in Bruce-Grey, the next Board meeting will be a zoom meeting, Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

The on-going support for the Chesley Hospital is greatly appreciated. With their donation one supporter said, "Thanks for always treating my dad so well. I hope this helps" The Foundation wishes to extend this Thank You to all medical and support staff - take care of yourselves!

Thanks to the generosity of the Chesley community, we continue to fund a Physician Recruiter, Chenelle Monk, who is doing a great job. Even with COVID-19 physician recruitment and retention has been strengthened with a digital marketing footprint and by keeping in touch with current contacts. We also have secured ongoing locum coverage for physicians to easily check out our community. This year we have four new locum doctors in our clinic and several physicians added to our ER locum group. This winter's projects include a promotional video, 2021 rural medicine retreat, and, along with the Foundation, a green space at the hospital. This amazing community makes it enjoyable to share Chesley in the search for great candidates! For any questions, information or general inquiries Chenelle: 519-377-2441 or

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