The SCHA may be out of sight in self isolation, but we are certainly not out of mind as we are still actively involved with supporting our health-care providers here on the coast.

Jane Macdonald on behalf of the Sechelt Hospital Foundation sends:

Heartfelt thanks to our partners in ‘care-mongering’ and to all members of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary for your generous $100,000 contribution to the Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund.  So far, funds have been used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care staff, to create a weekly MedTalks series to address Covid’s impact on our collective mental health and to secure 15 tablets for Virtual Visits (donated by Telus) to assist with restricted access for family members and their loved ones in hospital.  Many sincere thanks to all your incredibly talented sewing mavens, who have been making laundry bags and scrub hats for the health care team members.  The hundreds of material masks are works of art!  We are distributing them through our Respiratory Assessment Clinic, Public Health and Ambulatory Care Units for patients to wear in community.  Many thanks for all of your support and positive words of reinforcement; we are all in this together…and it sure helps to have a loving league of supportive friends!

Gerry Latham, Director of Sechelt Hospital also echoed these sentiments recently in an email “….it is an email full of thanks for the very generous offer to support ongoing needs as we face the COVID situation here on the Sunshine Coast. The emergency fund put in place by the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary and the Sechelt Hospital Foundation provides us with a level of comfort and support that is critical in times such as this….times where the need for equipment and patient supports changes as a better understanding of the virus emerges.

As healthcare providers we are so fortunate to be supported by the Auxiliary and its members.

Please continue to stay well and take good care

The Auxiliary has also recently donated $5,000 to local food banks to help in this time of crisis.

$1,000 each to Pender Harbour Community Church Food Bank; the Salvation Army Food Bank and St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church Food Bank, both in Gibsons; and $2,000 to the Sunshine Coast Community Services Food Bank. If you would also like to donate you can do so here:

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