NANAIMO & DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION RAISES $243,157 IN SINGLE DAY
Giving was top of mind for everyone this past Tuesday, and that was shown most generously for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF). Through community and corporate support, the Foundation was able to more than double the Giving Tuesday goal of $100,000 with a total single day total of donations raised of $243,157.
By the midpoint of Giving Tuesday individual donations had grown totals of just over $65,500. That evening corporate donors joined Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation staff for an appreciation event where corporate donations were presented, and the goal was significantly surpassed.
Corporate donations included significant gifts from the Nanaimo Port Authority, Re/Max Realtor Shannon Gorgichuk, Nanaimo Community Theater Group, Nanaimo Airport Commission, Royal Canadian Legion – Seaview Centennial #257, and the Nanaimo Community Foundation with a $50,000 final donation of the evening.
“From individual donations of every denomination to the incredible support of our corporate partners and community friends, we were able to fund urgently needed critical care beds for our future High Acuity Unit. Beds, that as everyone who has waited in an ER recently knows will instantly make an impact for our hospital and healthcare workers, shared NDFH CEO Barney Ellis-Perry
The initial goal of Giving Tuesday was to raise enough money to fund 4 patient beds. With the totals received it will provide 5 beds for the future High Acuity Unit.
Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Board Chair Tony Harris spoke at the Giving Tuesday event, recounting his own experiences with his children being born at NRGH and the support he received when his family needed it most. “Nothing is more important than supporting healthcare right now,” shared Harris.
The Winter Giving campaign for NDHF is underway with a goal of raising 1 million dollars that will help fund the purchase of new and outdated equipment urgently needed to meet central island healthcare demands at facilities including Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and Oceanside Health Centre.
“As our region grows, the need of the hospital grows with it, and the need has never been greater. We know our community always shows up when we need them most, so together we will reach our fundraising goal to support the medical needs of our community,” shares Ellis-Perry. Donations can be made online at nanaimohospitalfoundation.com.