Executive director Lisa Westermark said the annual Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light A Bulb campaign to raise funds for more hospital equipment is nearing its $275,000 goal. (VJHF photo)

North Okanagan Light A Bulb campaign nears goal

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation said goal of $275,000 for new equipment is getting closer

The 31st annual Light A Bulb campaign has picked up momentum.

With nine days left to go until Christmas, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation expect to reach its $275,000 campaign goal.

“We are getting closer and are so thrilled with the generosity of our community,” said Lisa Westermark, executive director, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. “Seeing people come together and hearing why they are donating to Light A Bulb is what inspires us to do our work.”

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Organizations who have donated to Light A Bulb include Country Squire Barbers and Stylists and the Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary.

The campaign will provide VJH surgeons with the equipment needed to perform more surgeries, ultimately reducing wait times and improving patient outcomes so our loved ones can get on the road to recovery much sooner.

One in 10 people living in the North Okanagan has received surgery at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in the past year.

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“That means you, or someone you know, have been touched by the services of the hospital,” said Westermark. “We have had people come forward to give anything they can because they recognize the importance of healthcare in our community and want to make a difference. No gift is too small and we are grateful for all contributions.”

Each $35 tax-deductible gift will light one bulb on the tree of lights; $500 will light an entire string. Every gift, great or small, brings the foundation closer to raising $275,000 for critical equipment at VJH.


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