Wasa Lions donate $2,500 to MRI campaign
By Nowell Berg
The East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) received a financial boost from the Wasa Lions Club toward its MRI campaign.
Club President Terry Marvel, turned over the $2,500 cheque on behalf of the Wasa Lions. “The club is proud and happy to make this donation to bring an MRI machine to the (East Kootenay) Regional Hospital,” he said.
EKFH Executive Director Cassandra Schwarz and Brian Clifford, Past President EKFH, were on hand to thank the Lions for the donation.
Club member Val Dmytriw came up with the idea they should make a donation to the Starlight MRI campaign and helped the fundraising team to reach the $2,500 goal.
Schwarz said the Starlight Campaign starts November 1. The goal of the campaign is to raise $650,000 as their contribution to the $5.3 million project. The EKFH is targeting spring 2018 to begin building the MRI facility.
Clifford told club members the MRI is essential for reducing the current nine month wait time to four months. He also suggested the MRI facility would attract doctors who have, in the past, avoided relocating to Cranbrook because there was no MRI.
The Wasa Lions issued a challenge to all area Lions Clubs; “Meet or beat our MRI donation.”
Above photo Terry Marvel (l), President, Wasa Lions Club; Cassandra Schwarz, Ex. Director, EKFH; Sharon Prinz, Wasa Lions Club; Brian Clifford, Past President, EKFH; Val Dmytriw (r), Wasa Lions Club. Nowell Berg photo