Hospital auxiliaries in Kamloops are embarking on a five-year plan to raise $2.5 million for the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation to buy equipment for the hospital expansion.
RIH is undergoing a $417-million expansion as construction continues on a nine-storey patient-care tower that will include 14 private ante/postpartum patient rooms, six private labour delivery and recovery rooms, three paediatric psychiatry private rooms and 11 operating rooms. The building is expected to open in the summer of 2022.
More than 180 volunteers make up the Afternoon and Evening Royal Inland Hospital auxiliaries. In the past, the auxiliaries have raised money for X-ray machines, scopes, surgical equipment, beds and more.
“It takes a lot of work to make these kinds of goals happen,” said Lynn Littlejohns, president of the Afternoon Auxiliary.
“We pledge for the equipment according to the needs of the hospital and then fundraise to the pledge.
“Our goal is to always meet these commitments for the care that people deserve.”
The Afternoon Auxiliary, which has more than 160 volunteers, has pledged $1.65 million to RIH over the next five years, with funds to be raised through the Victoria Street Thrift Seller, the RIH Gift Store, mobile carts and its vendor program.
The Evening Auxiliary, which has 20 volunteers, has pledged to raise $850,000 for the hospital over the next five years.
Its funds are generated through contract work, including leasing the on-site coffee shop, vending machines and in-room TVs at RIH, as well as its annual Craft-a-Fair, the largest craft fair in British Columbia.
“We’re proud of our dedication and commitment to fundraising for the hospital because we’re very proud of our hospital,” said Evening Auxiliary president Jenny Quince.
“We’re very fortunate to have the care we do. There are so many positive things that happen in RIH every day.”