Memories raise funds for NRGH
Vancouver Island Vocational Rehabilitation Services is an organization run by a group of compassionate individuals who not only work diligently to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with cognitive disabilities, but also believe in community.
The group recently held a beer-and-burger fundraiser at Fibber Magees Irish Pub, raising $4,100 for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, in support of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
The fundraiser, known as Looking at Life, was held in honour of 18-year-veteran VIVRS employee Bud Roworth and Eppie Brouwer, whose daughter, Ingrid Tanasichuk, has run VIVRS for the past two decades.
The pair were great friends and passed away in the last two years. Because of the care they received in the hospital’s cancer clinic and the palliative care unit, friends and family split the donation equally between the two departments.
“The support of businesses and individuals has been wonderful,” said Tanasichuk. “Many of the companies Bud found our clients placements in, were happy to support this cause and we are very thankful.”