The Timmins and District Hospital Foundation marched $2 Million closer to its $15 million fundraising goal on Saturday thanks to substantial donations from both Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines and Detour Gold Corporation.
Paul Martin, president and CEO of Detour Gold, presented a $1.5 Million contribution to the foundation’s 2013-2016 Capital Campaign — Building For Tomorrow’s Healthcare Today at the 18th Annual Spring Gala and Lottery at the Days Inn on April 30.
The company has already contributed $500,000 of that amount to date and will continue to fund the remaining $1 Million over the next two years. Martin, who traveled from Toronto to attend the presentation, said the donation is part of Detour Gold’s philanthropic commitment to giving back to the communities where it operates.
“The mining community is supported by the communities that we operate in, and it’s important that we return some of that support back,” he said. “As an example, 15 % of our employees live directly in Timmins but probably 60% of our employees have access to this hospital. We think it’s very important to support them, as well as the hospital.”
Martin also extended his thanks to Goldcorp, Glencore, and all of the other mines operating in the community for their support of the hospital.
“It’s a great thing to support the North because the North supports us,” he said. “Mining is in the DNA of the North, and we are very thankful for that.”
Given that Detour Gold is still relatively new on the mining scene, Martin also said the Timmins community can expect to see it continue to contribute to causes that impact those who work at the mine and live in the communities where it operates.
“Our philanthropic goals will extend in the local communities we operate in, spanning the greater Cochrane, Timmins and Kapuskasing area,” Martin added. “We’re early in our life, we’re only in our fourth year, and we have a 23-year mine life, so we have a lot to give going forward.”
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