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RCHF raises nearly $700K
The Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation raised $668,000 during its RCH Donation Day campaign Oct. 8.
Radio stations JRFM 93.7, The Peak 102.7, RJ1200 and Rim Jhim broadcast live from the hospital to help bring in the funds.
"Between phone call, online gifts, walk-in donations, corporate and community organization gifts, we exceeded expectations," said Adrienne Bakker, foundation president and CEO. "All funds raised will go towards supporting priority needs, equipment, research, education at the hospital and the work of RCHF."
Kingston Construction was one of the big contributors giving the foundation $11,500 toward an equipment purchase.
"Our dad and founder of of Kingston Construction, Ben Backman, was impressed with the care he received at RCH, and was happy to give back. Since he passed in 2009, our family business continues to support RCH in Dad's memory," said Kingston office manager Kelley Backman in a radio message.
The Vancouver Canucks Alumni, represented by former goaltender Kirk McLean, gave a gift of nearly $11,000. A $5,000 cheque came from Rite Construction in Abbotsford.
"RCH saved my life when I had a tumour removed. Of all the hospitals my choice is RCH because it provides the best care and the best staff. Everybody there is professional but friendly. You are treated more like family than a number," said Rite president and CEO Charles Parent.