Airwaves dedicated to babies

Supporting North Okanagan children is as easy as turning on your radio.

Sun FM will hold its eighth annual Have A Heart radiothon Thursday to raise funds for a labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum room at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“The radiothon is one of my favourite days of the year,” said Betty Selin, who will host the event with Brian  Martin from the Village Green Centre from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It makes me so proud to live in this community and I know once again the North Okanagan will come through with their generous donations.”

The morning kicks off with drive-thru coffee, by donation, at Starbucks at the Village Green Centre from 6 to 9 a.m.

Regardless of the size, all donations and challenges will be acknowledged on-air during the radiothon.

“There will be an opportunity for you to challenge others in our community or to share your birth stories and acknowledge the exceptional care received at Vernon Jubilee Hospital,” said Martin.

Several community initiatives are happening to help raise funds for this year’s radiothon.

On Thursday, Clarence Fulton Secondary students will be handing out 200 breakfast bags, and accepting donations from 6:30 to 9 a.m.

You can pick up your breakfast bag on Okanagan Landing Road, across from Ellison Elementary.

The 200 bags will be filled with goodies, such as: fruit, yogurt, granola bars, juice boxes, fruit cups, discount coupons, and free vouchers.

There will be a certain number of larger prizes, such as a gift card, that will be randomly placed in 10 to 20 of the bags.

Until Thursday, Chatters Salon at the Village Green Centre has a fashionable way to get involved!

The business will be selling their dog tag necklaces for $10 with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the radiothon.

During the radiothon, donations can be dropped off in person at the main door of the mall or pledged by Mastercard or Visa by calling 250-549-1057.

In the past two years, more than $92,000 has been raised through the radiothon to equip a LDRP room in the new patient care tower at VJH.