Prince George Gives a Duck About Healthcare!

JAN 28, 2019

Prince George Gives a Duck About Healthcare!

In partnership with Vista Radio, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation held its first ever Duck Drop on January 27, 2019!  Generously sponsored by Canadian Tire, Aberdeen Helicopters, and the City of Prince George and supported by so many who have a soft spot for our littlest patients at UHNBC, over 450 Ducks were dropped from a helicopter onto a target of a small children’s wading pool.    What could be more exciting than this on a chilly day in January!!

This years’ lucky ducks are:

The 1st prize winner of the WestJet Voucher and $2000 was Barry Whitfield. Duck #298

The 2nd prize winner of the Canadian Tire Gift Card and $500 was Bryan Shelford. Duck #431

CN Centre Rodeo Grounds was the site of a flurry of ducks being dropped, the draw raised close to $25,000 towards a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room at UHNBC! Currently UHNBC is the birthing centre to over 1150 babies annually.  Many of these births are considered high risk and require a fully functional, safe, and for an emergency delivery.  There are 8 fully functional operating rooms, none that are currently dedicated to maternity. This means that the reality is often, too often, scheduled surgeries are postponed, or moved when the OR has to be readied for an emergency C-Section or twin delivery.  The addition of the Dedicated Maternal OR will mean a safer entry into the world for our littlest patients, more piece of mind for families as they plan for this special day, and less disruption to scheduled operations at UHNBC.   Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is happy to support this endeavour on behalf of its generous donors.

“This project seemed like a natural fit for our donors, as the benefits are direct to infants but also to any surgical patient, and families in general.  Thankfully has been generously supported” commented Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “This is one of the many fundraisers supporting this project and we are overwhelmed with how well it was received.  With a total commitment of over $300,000 we are anxious to close off the funding to see that it is completed soon.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports advancing healthcare in the North.” 

For further information on this story or how you too can become a supporter for of this project, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office in the Atrium at UHNBC or call us at 250.565.2515.

Pictured (L-R): Curtis Mayes, Community Giving Coordinator; Spirit of the North, Judy Neiser, CEO, Spirit of the North; Kyle Wightman, Integrated Marketing Executive, Vista Radio; Barry Whitfield, Duck Drop Winner; and his granddaughter