The Executive Director of a local health foundation says she’s completely overwhelmed by the region’s generosity.
This after the East Kootenay Foundation For Health’s Starlite campaign wrapped up raising $245,000.
Brenna Baker says they went well past their goal of $200,000 for the year.
“We got a lot of individual donations this year as well, we had over 240 private donors,” Baker says. “That in itself says a lot about our community and I feel very blessed to live where I do.”
The highest donation received was around $85,000 from the Kimberley Healthcare Auxiliary.
Teck also stepped up to the plate giving around $26,000 for equipment in Elk Valley facilities.
She says the amount raised will go a long way helping with equipment needs at local facilities.
“I was a bit nervous just because we were asking for the smaller equipment to fund that instead of a big project like the MRI or the ICU,” Baker says. “The more I got to learn about all of these items that were needed, they are so important for health care in our region.”
Last year, $575,000 was raised through Starlite to help secure a $3.5 million MRI at East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
– East Kootenay Foundation For Health Executive Director, Brenna Baker