Salmon Arm Royal Canadian Legion President Matthew Fowler and Vice President Henry Butters present a $10,000 cheque to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation. (Photo Contributed)

Legion donates $10,000 to Shuswap Hospital Foundation

The funds come from generous contributions to the legion’s 2018 poppy campaign which raised $45,000.

The Salmon Arm branch of the Royal Canadian Legion drew from the money donated to its poppy campaign in 2018 to help out Shuswap Lake General Hospital.

As the organization was being thanked for previous donations with a bronze salmon to be hung up on the hospital’s recognition wall, the legion came through with another $10,000 donation.

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Legion president Matthew Fowler said the 2018 poppy campaign was very successful with $45,000 raised. While the poppy campaign funds are traditionally reserved for veterans’ care, Fowler said they sometimes go to other organizations, particularly those which benefit veterans and seniors; this makes the hospital foundation an obvious choice.

He added that the legion recently earmarked $10,000 to assist local cadets and scouts.

Fowler thanked the community for its generosity with the poppy campaign but also wanted to remind the community that the legion hall is open to everyone. You don’t need to have served in the armed forces to become a member or support the non-profit events such as dances which are put on.

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