KELOWNA - A group of Kelowna children, families, physicians, nurses and grateful patients have collaborated on a very special video project to give Mom something really sweet this year.
The video, featuring local generational families such as the Nixon’s, Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson and Olympic sweetheart Kelsey Serwa, is proving a winner on social channels, where it has already been viewed over 1,600 times on Facebook alone.
The adorable ‘Dear Mom’ message asks the community to honor Mom by donating to the KGH Foundations’ ‘Giving Giggles’ campaign, in lieu of traditional gifts.
The Giving Giggles campaign, which began last fall, aims to raise $3 million dollars to fund the purchase of state-of-the art-equipment and support world-class perinatal care at KGH.
“It’s really a cause that benefits us all, as families and citizens in this community,” says well-known Kelowna business woman, Renee Wasylyk, whose daughter Zovya and her volleyball team mates are featured in the video. “We are thrilled to be part of the effort.”
Campaign donor and MLA Steve Thomson, along with his six siblings, is also a KGH kid, as are two of his children and three of his grand-children. “I certainly have a very personal connection to the perinatal unit at KGH,” says Thomson. “This is a beautiful way to honour all mothers in our community and support generations to come.”
KGH Foundation Director, Doug Rankmore, whose own two daughters make appearances in the video, is pleased with the collaborative effort of all involved. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” says Rankmore. “It’s really heart-warming to see. Not only are these people our children, our friends, our neighbors, they are our doctors and our nurses too. The project really shows that we all have a stake in creating world-class care for our community’s new moms and babies.”
Over 1,600 babies are born each year at KGH. The new perinatal unit opened in March 2016. While the unit is now open, the Giving Giggles campaign continues to raise money to support the regions new mothers and littlest patients.
Mother’s Day donations to the Giving Giggles campaign can be made online at www.kghfoundation.com.
Once an online donation has been made, there is also a thoughtful option to send an e-card to Mom.
Donations can also be made in person at the KGH Foundation office, Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm at 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna.