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Shoppers Drug Mart fundraising for local moms

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October 07, 2016 - 3:21 PM

KELOWNA - Every year, over 1,500 women deliver their babies at Kelowna General Hospital. This month, Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Kelowna and West Kelowna are joining together to raise funds for a very special piece of equipment to support them during one of life’s most precious moments.

Until Oct. 10, customers from Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Glenmore, Black Mountain, Orchard Park, Bernard, Mission, Lakeshore and West Kelowna have the opportunity to donate at the till to the KGH Foundations’ Giving Giggles campaign.  Many of the stores will also be running special event fundraisers to benefit the campaign, which raises money to purchase state of the art equipment and patient care items for the perinatal unit at KGH.

The goal is to raise $25,000, enough to fund the purchase of a cardio respiratory monitor for the unit, which opened in its new location in March 2016 on the 4th floor of KGH’s Interior Heart and Surgical Centre.  The highly advanced monitoring device provides clear and constant monitoring of a mother while her baby is being delivered.

“All of us at the stores are really excited about this campaign,” says Chase Nickel, Pharmacist at the Glenmore Shopper’s location.  “Ensuring that women in our community receive the best care possible is truly a cause that benefits us all.”

The fundraising push is part of Shopper’s Drug Marts ongoing commitment to advancing women’s health initiatives through their Growing Women’s Health campaign.

“Shoppers Drug Mart has a reputation for incredible generosity and commitment to helping Canadian women be their best – a value that we share,” says Chandel Christie, Annual Programs Director at the KGH Foundation.  “With their support, we advance our ability to deliver world-class care for mom and family during the birthing process.”

The KGH Foundations’ Giving Giggles campaign has committed to raising $3 million for the new perinatal unit. To date, donors have funded a wide range of equipment including the NICU central monitoring system, wireless fetal monitors, cardio respiratory monitors, NICU cribs, Kangaroo Chairs and post-partum infant security system.

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