Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH Show Incredible Generosity with $230,000 Donation
April 1, 2011 - Nanaimo
If you have ever been to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) you will recognize the ever-present, red-coated volunteers operating the Information Desk, working in the Gift Store, or delivering flowers to each department. They are part of a network of 228 volunteers who make up the Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH. In a multitude of ways this group creates a welcoming atmosphere and directly delivers efficient healthcare to NRGH patients and their visitors.
They are also powerhouse fundraisers and donated $230,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation at their recent AGM. This substantial gift will be directed towards the New Emergency Department Expansion at NRGH; specifically, the Psychiatric Intensive Care (PIC) & Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) Units within the expanded Emergency Department.
Marg Fraser, Manager of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Nanaimo, said “Nanaimo MHAS is deeply grateful to the Nanaimo Auxiliary for their generous donation to the PIC/PES Units. I am very excited that finally, with the addition of these new Units, our patients will have a safe and welcoming environment to come to when they are in need of emergency Mental Health and Addictions Services.”
Maeve O’Byrne, President of the Hospital Foundation, noted “the commitment and generosity each of the Auxiliary volunteers contributes to healthcare comes straight from the heart. There is not an area in the Hospital that their generosity has not reached or their volunteerism not touched. We are proud to partner with such devoted individuals.”
If you would like to learn more about the Auxiliary visit their new website www.nrghauxiliary.ca.