Jean Minifie of the Kimberley Health Care Auxiliary and Brenna Baker from the East Kootenay Foundation for Health. (Corey Bullock/Kimberley Bulletin file).

Kimberley Health Care Auxiliary donates $50,000 to EK Foundation for Health

The funds will go towards the purchase of a much needed Maldi Tof Machine.

The Kimberley Health Care Auxiliary (KHCA) donated $50,000 to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) at the Auxiliary’s Christmas Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

Brenna Baker, Executive Director for the EKFH says that the funds are both important and appreciated. This year, funds will go towards the purchase of a Maldi Tof Machine.

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“This donation will help us to bring the machine in sooner,” explained Baker. “It will not only change lives, but truly save them. It picks up 98 per cent of different bacterias known to Doctors across the world.”

She adds that the machine will cut processing time down rapidly, meaning quicker access to treatments for patients in the area. She thanks the KHCA and all of their dedicated volunteers for the donation.

Last year, KHCA donated $83,742 to the EKFH for their 10th Annual Starlight Campaign, which raised funds for a Polymerase Chain Reaction machine.

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In 2016, the KHCA donated $100,000 to the EKFH for the purchase of an MRI machine.

The KHCA has 110 volunteers who operate two thrift stores in downtown Kimberley and Marysville, as well as the Loan Cupboard at the Kimberley Health Centre.


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