No one could have expected the effects that COVID-19 would have on the economy—especially within our communities. To help support a few of the organizations that have been affected, BCLC has teamed up with Givergy, an award-winning fundraising technology company to help drive donor support online.
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Royal Inland Hospital Foundation
From July 6-20, 2020, BCLC and Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) Foundation are giving everyone in Kamloops the chance to support the Foundation with an exciting virtual fundraiser. With the purchase of a gift card for future use at a Kamloops-based business or bid on a silent auction item, it’s easy to give back with double the impact.
Incorporated in 1983, the Foundation’s mission is to inspire donors to give and to build relationships that support the hospital and the community’s healthcare needs. The Foundation supports this mission through community fundraising activities such as special events, legacy giving, and charitable gifts from individuals, corporations and other funding partners.
Located in Kamloops, RIH is the only tertiary acute care hospital in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap area providing high-level, specialty medical care. It serves over 225,000 British Columbians, and features a training centre for nursing students from Thompson Rivers University, pharmacy residents, and medical students from the University of British Columbia.
BCLC is a proud partner and sponsor of many events organized by the RIH Foundation. The Kamloops Employee Giving Committee voted RIH Foundation one of BCLC’s corporate charities from 2018-2020, making it one of the beneficiaries of several employee initiatives, including payroll deductions and employee-driven fundraising events. BCLC employees also volunteer at events like the annual Radiothon and Evening of Giving.
Most recently, BCLC teamed up with RIH Foundation, as presenting sponsor for the unique and exciting #SharpDressedSaturday events. #SharpDressedSaturday allowed the Kamloops community to come together virtually to share a meal and show support for healthcare workers.
RIH Foundation CEO Heidi Coleman explains, “This event with BCLC gives the Foundation the opportunity to bring the community together in these difficult times, we are changing the way that we socialize, and events such as Sharp Dressed Saturday allow people to interact with others in a safe way.”
The #SharpDressedSaturday events have raised $17,000 with proceeds going to the purchase of life-saving equipment for Royal Inland Hospital. It helps ensure that frontline staff have the equipment and tools they need to provide the best possible care for the community during an unprecedented time.
SHARE Family & Community Services
SHARE’s purpose is to connect, engage, and strengthen individuals and families. One of the largest employers in the Tri-Cities community, SHARE has been offering programs and services since 1972 to those in need, including resources for newcomers, couples counselling, a food bank program, and so much more.
The economic shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably affected many businesses within the Tri-cities community. BCLC teamed up with SHARE Family & Community Services from June 14 - July 5th, 2020 to bring an exciting and unique virtual fundraising experience. Those who purchased a gift card for future use or placed a bid on a silent auction item were able to give back directly to their local community with just a click.