“For the whole campaign, it’s going towards – the goal is $250,000 – and it goes towards our ‘Be an Angel’ fund which purchases equipment throughout the whole hospital, it doesn’t focus on a specific area, it covers everywhere in the hospital,” Executive Director of the Hospital Foundation, Ashley Bentley said.
Bentley adds, “For ‘Light a Moose,’ starting tomorrow, we’re going to be fundraising specifically for a Gastroscope.”
A Gastroscope is a fibre-optic instrument that is passed through the mouth and allows the doctor to see whether there is any damage to the lining of the oesophagus or stomach, and whether there are any ulcers in the stomach or first section of the small intestine, according to Bentley. Gastroscopes are also used to stop bleeding and removal of objects.
Bentley explains how supporting the ‘Be an Angel’ campaign is beneficial to the community at large.
“You might not be using the hospital today but if you ever do need to use it, it’s here for you; and I’m sure people in the community have family members, loved ones, friends that are using the hospital currently,” Bentley goes on to say. “Our goal is to enhance patient care and comfort here at the hospital, so we’re looking to buy equipment that makes their stay or their procedure a better place to be.”
Last year the foundation managed to raise a little over $300,000, and at this point of the fundraising campaign, the foundation has generated $135,000 in donations.
If you would like to contribute, Bentley suggests visiting their website, dropping into their office located at 8407 112 Avenue, or stopping by the ‘Light a Moose’ radio-thon, being set up Wednesday – Friday on 100 Avenue next to the old Fire Hall.