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More than $280,000 spent on health care support in 2012

Through the support of Prince Rupert residents and businesses, the North Coast Health Improvement Society was able to spend more than $280,000 in support of health care in the region.

In total the volunteer-run society spent $280,232.26 in 2012, one of the biggest numbers in the history of its operations. The purchases ranged in value from $90,738 for a bone mass density scanner for the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, as well as $3,230 for the associated training, right down to $775.31 for three typanic thermometers. The new equipment that came through the society, with money raised in Prince Rupert benefitted children and seniors alike, with $6,979 being spent on pediatric equipment and over $2,700 being spent for residents at the Acropolis Manor.

Other major purchases this year included a $43,000 CT Work Station, two colonscopes valued at $34,115 apiece, a gastroscope valued at $30,249 and a recectoscope set.

“The society is thrilled to be able to involve ourselves in so many projects that have such an impact on the health of the people of the North Coast,” said society president Rick

McChesney.

“This year is just another example of how this community rallies behind local projects and supports them. It’s the business community, industry and average person of Prince Rupert that makes this possible, and it never ceases to amaze me.”

The next big fundraiser for the North Coast Health Improvement Society will be Bluey Days, the annual Seafest event that sees participants shaving their head or dying their hair blue based on whether or not they reach their fundraising goal.

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