Christmas Charity Campaigns
Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce they have raised $350,284 through our 2018 Light A Bulb Campaign, far exceeding our goal of $275,000. This total marks the highest amount raised in the 31 year history of the Light A Bulb campaign.
"We are completely blown away by the response this year and want to sincerely thank each and every one who contributed to Light A Bulb," says Kevin Arbuckle, 2018 Light A Bulb Campaign Chair. "You have brought us closer to completing this important campaign and improving timely access to surgery for thousands of people throughout the North Okanagan. Through your generosity, we will be able to purchase two new anaesthetic machines. This is a major accomplishment."
Funds raised through the 2018 Light A Bulb Campaign are going towards the purchase of new state-of-the-art anaesthesia machines at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. This is a part of VJH Foundation's larger campaign, OPERATION: Surgical Care for Life, which is raising $3.6 million to equip an additional operating room, purchase six anaesthetic machines, and a new urology table with real-time imaging.
Arbuckle says, "After exceeding our Light A Bulb fundraising goal, we will be able to buy TWO of the six needed anaesthetic machines, bringing us closer to our total campaign goal. Light a Bulb began 31 years ago when VJH Board member, Daphne Thuillier, spearheaded a campaign to raise funds for a heart monitoring system for the ICU and Emergency Department at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Part of the fundraising campaign included a 'Light A Bulb' promotion, where a gift of $20 would light a bulb on a tree outside the hospital. Since then, Light A Bulb has raised more than $5 million through community donations to support health care in the North Okanagan."
The Vernon Salvation Army's Kettle campaign came up about $85,000 short this year. The Vernon chapter says they want to send a huge thank you to all those who volunteered their time for kettle shifts. They raised almost $415,000 and say that money will make a difference in the lives of people right here in Vernon.
Kelowna's Christmas Kettle campaign also came up short, by about 100-thousand dollars.