VJH campaign ready to shine

A Christmas tradition is bringing together North Okanagan residents for health care.

A Christmas tradition is bringing together North Okanagan residents for health care.

The 24th annual Light A Bulb campaign for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation gets underway Thursday at Blenz Coffee on Anderson Way.

“I believe that if everyone makes a gift, large or small, we can meet our goal,” said Kevin Arbuckle, campaign co-chairperson, of the $200,000 target to purchase an ENT navigation system for sinus surgery and two post-anaesthetic recovery monitors.

“You will be contributing towards the tools that our health care professionals need to better care for your friends and loved ones. I urge everyone to make a donation and Light a Bulb this holiday season.”

A $35 tax deductible donation will light one bulb on the tree located on the roof of VJH while $500 will light an entire string of lights.

“I recognize that our North Okanagan community is very caring, with a long history of supporting Light a Bulb,” said Gloria Morgan, campaign co-chairperson.

On Thursday, $1 from every specialty drink purchased at the Blenz drive-thru on Anderson Way will be donated to the surgical unit at the hospital.

The ENT navigation system was selected as one of the campaign items this year because sinusitis affects 10 per cent of the population on an annual basis.

“It is the reason for millions of office visits, and it has more severe impact on quality of life than asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic back pain, or arthritis,” said Dr. Noah Massa, an ear, nose and throat specialist.

“I am very pleased that funding for the image guidance equipment will be part of the Light A Bulb campaign. After five years of performing sinus surgery without this tool, it is a welcome addition to serve the people of Vernon and area.”

There are a number of ways in which North Okanagan residents can support the fundraising campaign.

“Watch for the Light a Bulb brochure in your mail or you can donate online at  www.vjhfoundation.org,” said Sue Beaudry, director of development.

Donations can also be mailed to the  Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 32nd St., Vernon, V1T 5L2.

For more information, call the VJH Foundation at 250-558-1362.