Legion branches support hospital tower campaign

Eight Royal Canadian Legion branches throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen are showing support for Penticton Regional Hospital.

Eight Royal Canadian Legion branches throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen are showing support for Penticton Regional Hospital.

Ed Findlater, immediate past chairman for the Legion’s B.C./Yukon Command, said a combined pledge for $90,000 over five years is being made to boost the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to supply the medical equipment for the new hospital tower.

The Legion branches in Penticton, Summerland, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Princeton, and Peachland have donated about $30,000.

The funding comes from Legion poppy fund monies, as well as 50/50 and meat draws.

The eight branches have a total membership of more than 4,000, Findlater said.

The branches are all members of the Legion’s South Okanagan-Similkameen zone.

He said the idea of a combined pledge gained solid support at a recent zone meeting.

“I thought it would be a hard sell, but it was really quite easy because they were donating to the tower anyway,” he said. “It’s just fantastic. It’s been an easy thing to sell.”

The Legion’s BC/Yukon Command, which donates $10 million a year to various charities around the province and territory, may also come on board at a later date.

“The reason we picked the hospital is this hospital is old and in need of upgrading,” Findlater said. “Everybody in these eight Legion branches uses this hospital at one time or another.”

There are 149 Royal Canadian Legion branches around B.C.


Just Posted

Fallen tree causes power outage in South Okanagan

Residents were without power for hours in many parts of the South Okanagan

Accused in Kelowna triple murder in court today

Jacob Forman has been in custody since he was arrested and charged with second degree murder

JoeAnna’s House fundraising campaign reaches $4.5 million

Offering ‘home away from home’ for families of KGH patients

Old gas pump will be restored

Bowser C-77 pump will be displayed in Summerland when work is finished

Summerland students raise funds for non-government organization

Two initiatives from Social Studies 10 class bring in $525

Your Jan. 18 Morning Brief

Check out the top stories of the day in the Okanagan-Shuswap with Carmen Weld’s Black Press Morning Brief.

Animal protection group urges B.C. vet association to ban cat declawing

Nova Scotia was the first Canadian province to ban declawing

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

Osoyoos Desert Society hosts conservation education programs

Documentary film screenings followed by guest speaker/presentations featuring conservation

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

B.C. hockey player nominated for Hobey Baker Award

Myles Powell is a forward at Rochester Institute of Technology

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Most Read