Funds raised during the Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s 2018 Light a Bulb campaign were used to purchase six new anaesthesia machines. (Submitted photo)

Funds raised during the Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s 2018 Light a Bulb campaign were used to purchase six new anaesthesia machines. (Submitted photo)

Light a Bulb fundraiser for Vernon hospital just shy of goal

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s annual campaign offers a tax break to donors before Dec. 31

There’s only a few days remaining in 2019, but that still leaves time for North Okanagan residents to give to those who take care of the community.

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s annual Light a Bulb campaign has fallen just short of its goal this year. However, the campaign doesn’t close until Dec. 31, and the foundation’s executive director, Kate McBrearty, has hopes that the goal will be reached.

“We are still shy of our goal this year of raising $275,000 for urgently needed equipment in our hospital, and every dollar truly counts,” said McBrearty.

“We are optimistic that our community will once again pull together and help us reach our target.”

“When you donate to Light a Bulb you know that the funds stay in our community and are making a difference to local healthcare,” said Kevin Arbuckle, president of the VJH Foundation and 2019 Light a Bulb Chairperson.

In its final days, the campaign has been given an extra incentive.

“As an added benefit, if you give prior to the end of the year, your donation is eligible for a tax credit. It’s winning all around,” said Arbuckle.

Donors of $35 will have a light bulb lit on the tree of lights on their behalf, while donors of $500 will have an an entire string lit in honour of their donation.

In 2018 the campaign set a record total for donations with more than $350,000 raised. Those funds were used to purchase six much-needed anaesthesia machines for the hospital.

To help the hospital reach its goal, a secure and tax-deductable donation can be made online at www.vjhfoundation.org, by mail (VJH Foundation, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon BC V1T 5L2) or by phone at 250-558-1362.

READ MORE: Vernon company shores up support for 22 families

READ MORE: Indigenous students at Okanagan College receive awards in support of their studies


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Barbara Bernard and Bob Spracklin have brought Poo Worx to Salmon Arm with help from their mentor from the Poo Worx business in Kelowna. The business provides dog poop pickup and related services. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Poo Worx dog poop pickup business opens in Salmon Arm

Canine feces, goose poop, company offers a variety of services

The BC SPCA Shuswap Branch announced Captain and Maria had been adopted together on Feb. 28, 2021. (BC SPCA Shuswap Branch photo)
Shuswap BC SPCA’s inseperable pair of akbash dogs given home

Staff and volunteers happy to see Captain and Maria adopted together

The District of Sicamous got behind a UBCM resolution which would keep loggers off managed snowmobile trails in the winter. (File photo)
Sicamous, snowmobile club want to keep loggers off sled trails in the winter

Resolution going to UBCM asking that recreational use be given priority in peak snowmobile season

Two semis sideswiped each other after one crossed a double-solid line on the Trans-Canada Highway in Craigellachie on March 2. (Sicamous RCMP image)
Head-on crash avoided by inches as semi trucks side swipe east of Sicamous

Police say a westbound semi truck crossed the double-solid line. Its driver was ticketed.

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports 16 new COVID-19 cases

423 cases remain active in the region

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has cleared the Lumby RCMP of any wrongdoing after a missing person was found deceased in December 2020. (IIO photo)
Police watchdog says North Okanagan RCMP played no role in missing person’s death

The body was found by a family member shortly after the RCMP suspended their search

The area on Cordova Bay Road where ancestral human remains were discovered Feb. 22. (Submitted photo)
Human remains discovery a reminder of B.C. Indigenous culture dug up and displaced

‘These are the people who inspired and birthed the generations that we now have here’

The images are of Bald Eagles feeding.
Photos: Birds of prey

Princeton photographer captures compelling photos of a Bald Eagle breakfast

HOPE Okanagan’s Stay at Home Gala will raise funds to help serve Kelowna and Vernon’s vulnerable. (HOPE Okanagan)
Non-profit hosts virtual gala to support Okanagan’s vulnerable

HOPE Okanagan wants to raise awareness and support for those struggling in the streets

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

An off-duty Vernon Taxi driver got a 24-hour licence suspension, vehicle towed, after failing a standardized field sobriety test around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (John E Green - Facebook)
Vernon Taxi towed after driver suspected impaired

Off-duty cab towed from McDonald’s drive-thru early Tuesday morning

Kamloops This Week
Cause of Kamloops landfill fire may never be known

Fire investigators are dealing with too much destruction in too large an area

Most Read