Photo, from left to right: The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation received a formal presentation by the Sabre Drill Unit of the Nanaimo Gizeh Shriners. Pictured: Sue Ryan, Hospital Foundation; Ray Chamberlin, Sabres Drill Unit President; Don Trim, Secretary-Treasurer; Clint Pringle, Member.
The Sabres Drill Unit of the Nanaimo Gizeh Shriners has made the health of children their top priority. The Shriners’ are a global movement, helping specialized hospitals heal children with orthopedic issues or burn injuries. Sabre Drill Unit President, Ray Chamberlin reiterates, “Our main focus is kids, everything we do is for kids.” The group also distributes funding locally to aid children visiting the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
Since 2002, the group has given directly to the needs of the Paediatric Unit at NRGH, but this year they have directed their donation towards the purchase of a new ENT Endoscope for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. The $13,900 “ears, nose, and throat” endoscope will help doctors assess adenoid tissue in children, as well as the hypopharynx and larynx when there is an airway concern. This non-invasive equipment will help patients avoid general anesthetic used in a more rigid procedure; it will also be used on adults and can perform micro-biopsies with little discomfort. Sue Ryan, of the Hospital Foundation said, “This gift is not only generous it represents the first donation towards the purchase of a new ENT endoscope. This piece of equipment will give patients, especially children, a more relaxed experience and that is a welcomed relief.”