More than 3,000 children see specialists at day clinics in the Paediatric Ambulatory Unit at NRGH each year, and approximately 1,000 stay longer in the Unit for ongoing health issues. The Parksville Qualicum Beach Shrine Club not only support provincial initiatives of the Gizeh Shriners of BC & the Yukon, the largest regional jurisdiction of Shriners in the world, but they help fund equipment purchases close to home. Since 1996 the group has given almost $67,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation to help Vancouver Island children.
Club President Barry Watts explained, “The purpose of the Shriners is to help cure children of illness and to transport children to hospitals to receive the care they need. We focus on curable orthopedic cases and burn victims. However, we are also an Island Club, so we help Island children.” The group’s successful fundraising was possible thanks to members’ participation as Sandcastle Ambassadors during the summer, hosting pancake breakfasts, and chrysanthemum sales. The Parksville Qualicum Beach Shrine Club members extend their gratitude to everyone who supported their fundraising efforts throughout the year.