Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation, Cameco Corporation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan have established a new standard for radiothons in support of the province’s new children’s hospital.

The three partners raised a total of $625,856.00 in the seven-hour radiothon that aired today across the entire MBC Radio Network. The previous record total raised in a radio fundraiser for this cause was approximately $320,000.00.

Cameco provided half of today’s record total through a matching dollars commitment.

The largest pledge of the day came courtesy of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and its affiliated companies, who contributed $115,685.00.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan has collected just over half of the $25 million it wants to raise for research, equipment and family-centred care for when the facility opens in 2016.

The provincial government previously committed $200 million for the new hospital’s construction costs.