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Run for life raises hospital money

Organizers say the 11th annual Run for Life was a success, despite the traditional West Coast weather.

About 215 runners registered for the five-kilometre fun run and walk through Bowen Park for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. As donations continue to roll in, the foundation hopes to reach its goal of $35,000.

Central Vancouver Island financial institutions work in partnership to host the Run for Life and this year’s proceeds will help purchase new equipment needed to complete two new operating rooms at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The hospital foundation pledged to raise 50 per cent of the cost, or $1.5 million. The rooms are expected to be complete in the fall of 2014.

For the third year in a row Mai Pham was the top pledge earner and won a trip for two to the Old House Village Hotel and Spa in Courtenay.

To make a donation to a runner, please visit www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/run.

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