Craig Bay community residents held their 2nd annual “Steppin’ Out” fundraiser on October 4th for the benefit of Oceanside Health Centre. Nearly 200 participants donned their running shoes to run, walk, or bike 2KM or 5 KM routes. Organizers were thrilled with the efforts of their neighbours, event volunteers, and community leaders, including MLA Michelle Stilwell, Mayor Chris Burger, Maeve O’Byrne from the Nanaimo & District Hospital, and Toni O’Keeffe and Sujata Connors of Island Health.
The group had hoped to raise $5,300 in order to purchase a “Solis Ambulatory Infusion Pump” for Oceanside Health Centre, but it surpassed its goal by reaching almost $6,000 thanks to participants “registering by donation” and a $500 gift from Proline the Community’s strata managers. Additionally, Thrifty Foods donated refreshments to the cause. The Solis Pump is portable, programmable, and delivers medicine infusions to patients who are facing critical health issues, managing pain, or receiving at-home palliative care. By making the Solis Pump possible, the Craig Bay community will enable Oceanside Health Centre to offer compassionate care for patients at home.