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The Sew Wats Give for the Children

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Photo, from left to right: Sew Wat members Peggie Sonnefeld, Hope Jordan, Carol Denike, Lynn Morrisey, Alice Akins and the Foundation’s Sue Ryan

The Sew Wats came in to the Foundation office recently to donate eleven beautiful blankets for children treated at the Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse Network (VISCAN). The blankets are used to help comfort children during treatment and assessment. When this thoughtful group of women heard about the need for the blankets they immediately began sewing for the cause. For 30 years the Sew Wats have met every Wednesday afternoon for tea and sewing. The Foundation is very grateful for your care and compassion for the most vulnerable of our community.

Wheel-O-Rama supports NRGH

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Photo left to right: Allen Felker and Foundation CEO Janice Perrino.

Wheel-O-Rama organizer Allen Felker came in to donate the proceeds from this one of a kind fundraiser he organized in mid-July. Felker’s vision was to host an all wheeled show in an effort to include ‘anything on wheels’. He had been attending various car shows on the Island and thought it would be a great idea to ‘throw the doors open’ and see what would happen. Felker also wanted to give back to the community he lives and works in and so he chose to give proceeds to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation to support our Hospital.

“This was a great family friendly event and we really appreciate all the hard work that Allen and his volunteers put in to support our Hospital,” said Janice Perrino, Foundation CEO.
Felker is already working on Wheel-O-Rama 2018; watch his website for updates wheelorama.ca

Birdies for Health Gives for the Heart

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Photo from Left to Right: Shirin Anjarwalla and Foundation CEO Janice Perrino.

Shirin Anjarwalla has been busy all summer long raising funds and awareness for her Birdies for Health fundraiser that she initiated on her own to give back to her community.

Eight years ago Shirin witnessed her Dad’s recovery from a heart attack and the exceptional care he received from Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) so she made a decision that this year she wanted to raise money for heart health to honour her Dad.

Shirin raised $385.00 to help purchase Hearth Health equipment at NRGH and has pledged to raise money again next year. “We really appreciate what Shirin has done for this community she is just such an inspiration and we are thrilled that she wants to do this again next year,” said Janice Perrino, the Foundation’s CEO.

Tribute Festival Gives To CT Scanner

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From left to right: Sheryl Briggs, Sharon, Janice Perrino & Sherry Judson

The Vancouver Island Tribute Festival presented Foundation CEO Janice Perrino with a cheque for $10,000 raised at the festival in May. Thank you to the organizers for all the hard work that went into making this such an outstanding weekend of music and entertainment and raising these funds for the CT Scanner at NRGH. Watch their website for next year’s dates islandtributefestival.com

Poppy Funds Support NRGH

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Photo left to right: Joann Walton-Hatch, 1st Vice President and Poppy Fund Treasure; Janice Perrino, of the Hospital Foundation.

Last Fall Canadians proudly wore their poppies as a symbol of appreciation for the many men and women who devoted their lives to serve our country. Here in Nanaimo Joann Walton-Hatch of the Royal Canadian Legion Mount Benson Branch #256 recently delivered a portion of the money they raised through poppy sales to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The $3,000 will go towards the purchase of medical equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Since 1990 the Branch #256 has delivered almost $115,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for healthcare equipment and programs that benefit veterans and their families.