Donors came through in big numbers on October 8th to give a whopping $668,582 to Royal Columbian Hospital for its Donation Day.
“Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) is extremely grateful to all its donors! We are also appreciative of our enthusiastic media partners and our generous sponsors TELUS and ONNI Group, who worked so hard at making this day a success. Between phone calls, online gifts, walk-in donations, corporate and community organization gifts, we exceeded expectations,” said Adrienne Bakker, President and CEO for RCHF. ”All funds raised will go towards supporting priority needs, equipment, research, education at the hospital and the work of RCHF.”
“Our Dad and Founder of Kingston Construction, Ben Backman, was impressed with the care he received at RCH, and was happy to give back. Since he passed in 2009, our family business continues to support RCH in Dad’s memory. We hope you’ll invest in RCH in honour of your family’s health, too,” was Kelley Backman’s radio message. Backman is Office Manager of Kingston Construction, which committed $11,500 towards an equipment purchase.
Highlights of the day included an onsite visit and gift of $10,858 from the Canuck Alumni, represented by Kirk McLean. Other gifts included a $5,000 cheque from Rite Construction in Abbotsford.
“Why did I give? Because RCH saved my life when I had a tumor removed. Of the all hospitals my choice is RCH because it provides the best care and the best staff. Everybody there is professional but friendly. You are treated more like family than a number,” said Charles Parent, President and CEO of Rite Construction.
“With plans to expand RCH into a leading-edge hospital campus, caring for the most critically ill and complex cases, this funding helps our medical teams continue to provide the outstanding and compassionate healthcare for which RCH is known,” said Bakker.
Royal Columbian Hospital serves 1.7 million people from Burnaby to Boston Bar. That is effectively one in three British Columbians. It receives more trauma patients by air ambulance in the province than any other hospital, and 80 per cent of its high-risk maternity cases are from outside of the Fraser Health region. It is an increasingly important hospital in the Fraser Health network of care and in the province. The redevelopment of RCH will be the biggest redevelopment of any hospital site in Canada. For further information about RCHF or to make a donation, call: 604 520 4438 or visit www.rchcares.com