By Vanessa Broadbent
Funds needed to build a new wing in the hospital building in Penticton are now $2,000 less, thanks to members of the Oliver & Osoyoos Kiwanis Aktion Club.
The club has been raising funds for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation and presented a cheque to executive director Carey Bornn at the club’s Wednesday meeting.
“We didn’t know how much you would be donating and this is amazing, especially when you take into consideration that you’re doing so much in so many other places,” Bornn said.
Members of the club raised the funds by hosting a recycling drive, a bake sale, and working at the Festival of Grapes this summer.
The club’s advisor Lee Chic explained that other community groups were donating to the project and the members of Aktion wanted to contribute as well.
“Everyone had donated but us so I said ‘let’s get busy,” she said. “I went to the Kiwanis Club and they said they would match $1,000 so I told them we had $1,000 to raise.”
The money will be used to purchase equipment for the new hospital wing.
“There’s a lot of things that go inside a hospital and the money that is being collected is going towards that,” Bornn said. “All the donations that are coming in to the hospital we’re using to buy all the equipment, all the beds, the technical monitors, the infusion pumps, sterilizer equipment and operating room equipment.”
Even though the cheque has been given, the club is still raising funds, and will be hosting a bake sale on Saturday at the Kiwanis Market in Oliver from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.