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Vernon's Light a Bulb campaign needs a boost

Tolko employee Darryle Carriere presents VJH Foundation’s Terri Manke with a cheque from an employee fundraiser.
Image Credit: Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation
January 02, 2015 - 4:29 PM

VERNON - The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is extending its annual Light a Bulb campaign in the hopes of reaching its $250,000 goal.

Despite raising $235,721, the campaign is $14,279 short. Money raised will go toward equipment and furnishings for the Tower of Care’s top two floors.

“We hoped to have the campaign wrapped up by now, but are still taking donations until the first part of January.  To have raised more than $235,000 in just eight weeks shows us the commitment our community has towards quality health care,” Dr. Chris Cunningham said.
The remaining donations could fund either three patient beds, two ceiling lifts or three infusion pumps which deliver critical fluids, such as nutrients and medications.

Community support for the campaign has been steady with donations from service clubs, individual donors and businesses, as well as workplace fundraisers.
For the second year in a row, the Tolko Transportation department conducted a unique fundraiser for the campaign. 
“At this time of year we receive a lot of gifts from our vendors,” Tolko employee Darryle Carriere said.  “We bundled the gifts together in baskets and held an employee raffle, raising $2,015.” 
Combined with last year’s raffle sales, Tolko employees contributed $4,015 to Light a Bulb. 
“Everybody needs the hospital at some point.  It doesn’t matter how old or young, or rich or poor you are,” Carriere said.
Donations were also received from Vineyard Automotive, Grizzly Curb & Concrete and Inland Kenworth. 
You can make a donation online or mail a cheque to the VJH Foundation, 2101-32 Street, Vernon BC V1T 5L2

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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