Locals arrested to raise funds for MEDi Robot
Tyllore Martelle - Staff Writer
September 8 was an afternoon filled with law and order in the Fresh Market parking lot. The Sioux Shriners club partnered with the Sioux Lookout OPP, Nishnawbe-Aski Police, the Meno Ya Win Health Centre Foundation, and Fresh Market Foods to put on the Jail N’ Bail.
Jail N’ Bail is an annual event that the Sioux Shriners organize to raise money for both the hospital and the Shriners. Past president of the Sioux Shriners Klaus Knorz shared some information about the event. “Two thirds of the money raised is going to go toward the purchase of the MEDi Robot and the other third will go to the Shriners children’s transportation fund. The Shriners have 23 hospitals in North America, one in Montreal, one in Mexico, and 21 in the United States.
“Our particular fund that we raise money for is a transportation fund to take children to and from the hospital and also to provide financial assistance to their parents.”
The MEDi Robot attracted the eye of many on Friday’s event. The MEDi Robot comes with a price tag of $25,000 and is used to reduce a child’s anxiety and pain while undergoing certain medical procedures.
Studies done in hospitals across the country have proven that the MEDi Robot can help reduce a child’s pain during medical procedures.
The robot stands about two feet tall, can talk, sing, walk, protect itself while falling, and even lightly grasp with its hands. The robot is equipped with a camera and can track movement in the room.
A study conducted by the Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary showed that the robot reduced the pain of vaccination in children by 50 percent.
During Friday’s event, several local “criminals” were apprehended by Sioux Lookout OPP’s Constable Ben Bye and taken to the jail cell outside Fresh Market.
Once arrested, people in the community could either donate money to keep the suspects in jail or to bail them out. The suspects arrested were BJ Egerter for “harbouring Whip-poor-wills in his beard, dressing up as a Sasquatch, and causing general panic among the population,” Tracey Bullock for “not sharing the wine, use of bow and arrow to rid Whip-poor-wills from BJ’s beard,” Mayor Doug Lawrance for “homicide investigation for killing the tax increase,” Larry Ross for “impersonating a police officer,” Rob Smetana for “failure to pay municipal bylaw tickets,” Dean Osmond for “crimes against humanity,” and Dick MacKenzie for “assaulting a police officer.”
At one point, Sioux Lookout Bulletin owner and editor MacKenzie led Constable Bye on a short vehicle pursuit after escaping custody.
Overall, the event raised $3038.41 toward the cost of the MEDi Robot and the Sioux Shriners transportation fund.