Cancer care in Quesnel is getting another boost thanks to the fourth annual Integris Credit Union Support Your Girls Pub Night at the Cariboo Hotel. The sold out 2014 event raised $37,000 towards digital mammography equipment for Quesnel and area. In total they have raised $105,000 since 2011.
“I want to thank everyone involved for contributing to the Integris Credit Union Support Your Girls Pub Night fundraiser, which has been an integral contributor to our community since 2011,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said.
“It’s events like this that show the compassion of area residents, as the campaign draws closer to the goal of new digital mammography equipment at GR Baker Hospital.”
In the first year, 2011, the Integris Quesnel team set a goal of $5,000 and ended up more than doubling that total raising $13,000. In 2012, the goal was $13,000 and they raised $20,000; in 2013 the goal was $25,000 and the group raised $35,000.
“It is fantastic to see the community come together and raise an incredible amount of money towards cancer care in our community,” Nicole Baker, 2014 Chair of the Integris Support Your Girls event said.
“The grassroots approach from Team Integris shows that desire combined with hard work can bring in big results.”
Cancer services in Quesnel currently include the cancer care unit offering chemotherapy services, home palliative care and the Hospice unit which has palliative respite and palliative beds.
There is also the after-hours palliative care information telephone line and the regional Northern Health palliative benefits program.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support from businesses and residents of Quesnel and the surrounding area,” Baker said.
“We put the goal in place and each year the community has come forward with an even bigger outpouring of generosity and support then we could have imagined!”
“The work being undertaken by the Integris team in Quesnel shows that this organization and the community is committed to improving the health and well being of women in the area,” Debbie Strang, Northern Health Service Administrator for Quesnel said.
“We’re very pleased with the work being undertaken by Integris and thank them for their vision, commitment and hard work.”
The team at Integris Credit Union is set to start planning for the 2015 event.
Their overall goal is to raise enough funds for a digital mammography unit.