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President Doug Bonk and long-serving member Chuck Campbell were at the hospital that afternoon to present Jerimy Earl, communications and events coordinator for the Hospital Foundation, with a cheque for $1,500. Bonk said the money was raised through a combination of provincial gaming grant funding the club receives, as well as various raffles and other events throughout the year, and was donated to the hospital because of the Shriner’s focus on helping children in critical or ongoing need of medical attention, and specifically, on children with disabilities.

“I think we can say that the money goes to a good cause when it goes to the hospital,” said Bonk.

Shriners International is a fraternal fellowship based on Masonic principles that boasts about 340,000 members from 194 chapters across the globe. The organization is probably most recognizable by the red, felt hats that members wear.

The donation was for the Hospital Foundation’s “Lights for Life 2011: Health for the Holidays” campaign, an effort to raise money for two a paediatric ultrasound abdominal probe and a carbon dioxide monitor for critical care at the hospital. The first piece of equipment is used to diagnose abnormalities in various internal organs of a child and can also be used for imaging during emergency procedures, while the second piece is used to collect detailed respiratory measurements during critical stages of care.

“This donation by the Shriners marks over $45,000 they have donated to benefit the Hospital Foundation over the last 10 years, so we’re incredibly grateful for their continued support, and it is always nice to see those hats around Christmas!” said Earl.

For more information on the fundraising campaign and how to get involved, Jerimy Earl can be reached at 250-784-7355 or  

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