Auxiliary fundraiser set for Nov. 1

Silent auction raises money for Fraser Canyon Hospital and Fraser Hope Lodge

Roger Dezall tries out the new IV chair at Fraser Canyon Hospital on Monday with auxiliary members Mary Birchmore (left) and Sharyn Harvey. The chair was purchased with funds raised at last year’s auxiliary silent auction. This year’s fundraising event takes place on Nov. 1.

The auxiliary to Fraser Canyon Hospital & Fraser Hope Lodge is gearing up for its 29th annual silent auction.

Over 300 items will be up for grabs next Saturday, which include a helicopter trip from Valley Helicopters, a Fraser River Rafting trip, and numerous gift certificates from local restaurants. There will also be many door prizes handed out.

“Every cent stays in the community,” said auxiliary president Sharyn Harvey. “Everybody at some point will use the hospital for something and without the hospital auxiliary, there would be no hospital here. Close to 60 years ago, it was the push from the auxiliary that got the hospital going.”

The auxiliary has been operating for 57 years and currently has about 20-25 active members. The group receives wish lists from the hospital and lodge on an annual basis and decides what items they raise money for. The annual silent auction has generated about $300,000 for the hospital and lodge over the past couple decades. An IV chair and specialized emergency stretcher were purchased from funds raised at last year’s event. This year, proceeds will go towards purchasing a new acute care bladder scanner and portable sit to stand lift for the lodge.

The auxiliary has two gift shops – one at the hospital and the other at the lodge. They offer a selection of gift items, snacks, knitted & crocheted items for patients, residents, staff and visitors. All proceeds benefit auxiliary fundraising initiatives.

Corina Vogt, Fraser Canyon Hospital clinical services manager, said the auxiliary has become the hospital’s primary funding source for new equipment.

“We have very limited options in terms of fundraising and accessing resources for fundraised equipment and supplies,” she said. “The auxiliary is integrated into every component in the hospital. It has a direct impact on what we’re able to purchase, and sometimes replacing equipment is where our needs really are.”

The silent auction takes from 8-10 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Legion Hall, 344 Fort St. Admission is $7, and refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Since the auxiliary is a non-profit organization and registered charity, tax receipts can be issued to for donated items. Anyone wishing to still make donations to the silent auction can contact Harvey at ssharvey@telus.net or call 604-869-5473.