Elise Allan (left)

Elise Allan (left)

Auxiliary exhilarated to reach fundraising goal

Members of the Vernon Jubilee Auxiliary always keep their promises.

They said they would raise $160,000 to furnish an intensive care unit in the new patient care tower at the hospital, and they delivered the cheque to the VJH Foundation Thursday.

“At first, we thought, oh my goodness, we’re going to have to work really hard to do that but we really wanted to do it,” said VJH Auxiliary president Gladys Schroeter.

“We’re in our third year of fundraising and the amount we had to raise gradually went down and we made our goal and we’re so happy we could do this.”

The fundraising has included the proceeds from two garden fairs, two Christmas bazaars, gift shop sales and raffles.

“We are thrilled with this significant donation and that the auxiliary will be naming and furnishing an intensive care room in the tower,” said Elise Allan, VJH Foundation director.

“This brings our total raised to $6.1 million and leaves us with only $900,000 left to raise and we hope it will all be done by the time the move to the tower is completed on Sept. 26.”

The move will be done in stages by a specialized hospital moving company so that the emergency department, operating rooms and other services continue to be in use and patient disturbance is kept minimal.

The Building A Tower Of Care campaign, which began in September 2008, is the largest ever in the North Okanagan with a goal of $7 million.

The funds will be used for medical and other equipment and furnishing for the addition to the hospital.

Upcoming events supporting the VJH Foundation include the JCI Vernon Hospital Gala April 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Vernon Lodge and the Have A Heart Radiothon May 5 on Sun FM.

For more information, visit www.vjhfoundation.org.