Kenneth Young, incoming Service Officer at the Royal Canadian Legion Mount Benson Branch #256, delivers $3,000 to Brenda Rositano (left) of the Hospital Foundation for the purchase of cystoscopes and $1,000 to Joan Ryan (right) of Nanaimo Lifeline for the Silent Guardian Fund.
Wearing a red poppy each Remembrance Day has a significant meaning for Canadians, it inspires a deep sense of pride and gratitude for veterans and shows the appreciation of an entire country. What is not always understood is how poppy donations impact the community where funds were raised. Each year the Royal Canadian Legion Mount Benson Branch #256 raises poppy funds to support meaningful ways to assist veterans. Since 1990 the Branch #256 has delivered almost $100,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for healthcare equipment and programs that benefit veterans.
Ken Young, incoming Service Officer, recently presented the Hospital Foundation with two donations. First, a $1,000 gift was given to the Nanaimo Lifeline Silent Guardian Fund; the Foundation owns and operates the personal alarm service. The Silent Guardian Fund helps provide Lifeline services to individuals who cannot otherwise afford the service. Second, a $3,000 contribution was made for the purchase of cystoscopes for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Cystoscopes help urologists diagnose bladder cancer, prostate disease, incontinence, and voiding dysfunction. The Branch #256 Legion has been instrumental in fundraising for cystoscopes over the last year.