Every year the Qualicum Beach couple buys 2 Lotto for Life tickets, one in each name; they are keen to support the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation because “it is local” and “because of the odds of winning on only 5,000 tickets”. However, they have also received personal medical care at NRGH and sing the praises of the professionalism they have always encountered. Bill has decided this windfall is “an early birthday present” as he will be turning 80 next month. The couple has already begun to plan an Alaskan Cruise, a dream they have long talked about, but now have an opportunity to make happen. They may also seek “a little sun” by heading east to Ontario to visit one for their sons and spend some time in the Okanagan over the summer. The retired couple has spent their lives on the coast, raising their family on the mainland and living in Jordon River, Powell River, and now Oceanside. They have welcomed seven grandchildren during their 55 years of marriage and their first great-grandchild arrived in January, 2012.
The Hospital Foundation was also excited to present the keys to the second prize winner, Randi Grey of Nanaimo, who is cruising in her 2012 Buick Regal. Third prize winner, Ruth Peters of Parksville, was overjoyed to receive the news that her name was drawn in the annual lottery and that she would soon drive away with a 2012 Kia Soul. All proceeds from the Lotto for Life will benefit the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s effort to raise $4 million towards the purchase of essential equipment for the $36.9 million Emergency Expansion project. The new Emergency Department will triple in size and serve families from Bowser to Ladysmith, nearly 160,000 people; it will open in 2012.
Maeve O’Byrne, of the Hospital Foundation, “recognizes the ongoing support of our community partners who help provide prizes and sell tickets at their outlets. In addition, we have a wonderfully devoted crew of volunteers who support the Lotto for Life every year. We also would like to thank North Town Centre and Country Club Malls for their venues and unparalleled support. Tickets go on sale for our 20th Lotto for Life in January 2013, maybe your turn is next!” For a full list of winners visit www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/lotto