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$300,000 donation launches Mission Possible campaign

Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation executive director, Vicki Raw, accepts a $300,000 cheque from Mission Healthcare Auxiliary Society president, Cynthia Butcher, and the rest of the members last week to mark the beginning of its Mission Possible campaign. - Carol Aun photo
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation executive director, Vicki Raw, accepts a $300,000 cheque from Mission Healthcare Auxiliary Society president, Cynthia Butcher, and the rest of the members last week to mark the beginning of its Mission Possible campaign.
— image credit: Carol Aun photo

 

A $300,000 donation from the Mission Healthcare Auxiliary Society (MHAS) has kickstarted a fundraising campaign to equip the new seniors care facility with extra amenities, furnishings, and other comforts.

The Residence in Mission is a 200-bed facility that is currently being constructed on the grounds of Mission Memorial Hospital. It will replace the Dr. Stuart Pavilion and Pleasantview Care Home.

The 75 residents from Dr. Stuart Pavilion, who moved to Ebenezer Care Home in Abbotsford in 2012 while the building was being redeveloped, will be moving back to Mission by April.

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) is leading the fundraising efforts and hope to raise at least $1 million for the project.

"We set a modest goal of $500,000 for the first phase of the campaign," said Vicki Raw, FVHCF executive director. "Thanks to the generosity of the auxiliary, we expect to move into the second phase, increasing our goal to $750,000 early in April."

And with enough momentum from the campaign, the target will be moved to $1 million.

Gifts of $1,000 will get your name on the donor board, and with $2,500, you can have your contribution recognized on a bench.

Raw has proposed to name the central courtyard after the MHAS for their significant contribution. The name has to be approved by Victoria, explained Raw.

MHAS has a long history of raising money for Mission Memorial and other local health care facilities to help with the purchase of equipment and patient comfort items.

The Residence in Mission will provide residential care and specialized day programs for older adults living in the community. Supportive staff will assist residents with social and clinical needs.

To make a donation to the Mission Possible campaign, contact coordinator Ron Coreau at ron@fvhcf.org or call the foundation office at 604-814-5190.

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