EDITORIAL: Help light the way to goal

There’s nothing like a good start for a team hoping to achieve victory on the sports field

There’s nothing like a good start for a team hoping to achieve victory on the sports field. And, of course, that’s true of any venture looking to gain the support of the community over the long haul.

That’s why a combination of generous donations that added up to more than $230,000 was greeted with such enthusiasm at the breakfast launch of Phase 2 of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Building a Tower of Care Campaign on Thursday at the Prestige Inn.

Thanks to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Healthcare Auxiliary, Vernon Tim Hortons and Silver Star Mountain Resort, the three-year campaign to raise $2.5 million to furnish and equip the top two floors of Polson Tower is off to a running start.

And that’s great and we hope the entire community – businesses, service groups and individuals – gets on board because this is a marathon not a sprint.

Ever since the community helped pressure the provincial government to announce the $29.6 million project in February of this year, it’s been known that North Okanagan residents would also have to contribute to make this much-needed improvement to the overall health of the region.

The province is putting up $21.6 million, the regional hospital district’s share is $5.5 million and the foundation, and that’s where we all come in, needs to come up with $2.5 million to make it happen.

So it’s time for all of us who demanded the shelled-in floors to be completed to step up.

All proceeds from this year’s Light A Bulb campaign go towards this worthy goal and it would be wonderful to keep a fast start going strong through the holiday season.


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