Local auto dealerships raise thousands for cardiac care in Kelowna

From left to right: Guy Lemieux, Vice President of Operations, Kelowna Hyundai; Siobhan McManus, Senior Development Officer, KGH Foundation; Jessica Driediger, Marketing & Special Operations, Kelowna Hyundai; Sam Ghessesow, General Manager, Kelowna Hyundai.
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KELOWNA – Two local auto dealerships have joined together again this year to raise money for a cause that is, quite literally, close to their hearts. 

Operation 200 kicked off in May and together, Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre accomplished their goal of selling 200 vehicles to raise $20,000. The donation is part of their ongoing commitment to raise $100,000 for KGH’s new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC) over the next three years.

“Supporting our community is really important to our business,” said John Kot, President of Kelowna Hyundai. “After we successfully donated $20,000 last year to the IHSC, we knew we could achieve our goal to raise the same amount this year.”

The gift will go towards the purchase of life saving equipment and patient care items for the IHSC which provides timely, much needed surgeries and cardiac care to patients who in the past may have had to travel outside the region for this level of care.

The cause is close to Kots’ heart, as his own daughter has battled heart problems since birth. 

“Having the ability to help our community provide world-class health care for all families will help everyone through an already difficult time in their life,” says Kot. 

And the need is great. 

“The IHSC at KGH provides the highest level of medical care ever seen in the interior of British Columbia,” said KGH Foundation Senior Development Officer, Siobhan McManus.  “These gifts are integral to our ability to support the needs of our growing region. We are so grateful for the ongoing support of Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre.” 

The IHSC opened its doors in late 2015.

The KGH Foundations ‘Be a Lifesaver’ campaign has successfully raised $12 million dollars to support world-class cardiac care right here in the Okanagan.

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