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REPORTING · 18th January 2014
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat General Hospital received a donation of four wheel chairs on Friday, January 17th from the Knights of Columbus, 101 Industries, Mcelhanney and Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.

“Today, we donated wheel chairs from the Community and Gaming Commission funds to our local hospital to help support their needs,” said Frank Mauro. “We’re hopeful that whenever they need it, we can raise some more funds.”

The knights of Columbus work with the Global Wheel Chair Mission who purchases wheel Chairs in bulk and sends them throughout the world to where they are needed.

Jonathon Cooper, the Kitimat Health Service Administrator, told us wheel chairs are useful in and around the hospital, in Extended Care and traveling between the two. While many people in extended care do have their own chairs, the new ones are useful for general use and will be used every day.

“At Northern Health, we’re extremely grateful for the good work of community foundations and fundraising and we’re very happy that people give us donations,” said Cooper.

Cooper and Mauro agreed the Knights of Columbus are going to look for further opportunities for fundraising. They are applying for more funds from the Gaming Commission and the community of Kitimat, this time, to purchase wheel chairs for the Philippians in addition to Kitimat.

“In the future, we’re going to work together with Jonathon, we’re going to raise funds for equipment for the hospital. That’s our goal, from the Knights of Columbus, to help out in the community,” said Mauro.