Darlene Kuffert, left, and Phil and Jenny Robling are honoured for reaching a milestone of 5,000 volunteer hours in support of the Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary. (Photo submitted)

Darlene Kuffert, left, and Phil and Jenny Robling are honoured for reaching a milestone of 5,000 volunteer hours in support of the Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary presents $500,000 to NRGH

Money will go to ‘vital’ equipment and patient comfort

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital will benefit from “incredible generosity and commitment,” to the tune of half a million dollars.

The Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary presented a donation of $502,000 to NRGH leadership at the auxiliary’s annual general meeting March 28.

According to a press release from Island Health, the money will be used to buy “vital” perinatal and bariatric equipment and patient comfort items such as breast pumps, car seats and walkers. The auxiliary has raised more than $4 million for NRGH over the past 10 years.

Dr. Kelly Cox expressed gratitude for all the auxiliary does to support the hospital.

“It is amazing how a cartoon Band-Aid can turn a hospital encounter into a positive experience for a child,” Cox said in the release. “I’ve seen many grateful moms with tears in their eyes as they are given a car seat to take their newborn home in. The auxiliary’s support brightens our days as providers.”

Phil Robling, auxiliary president, said last month’s AGM was the group’s first meeting in three years and members were “delighted” to see NRGH team members.

“While we all felt the challenges related to the pandemic, it did not stop our auxiliary members from volunteering their time and effort. It is thanks to their dedication that we are able to make this donation,” Robling said.

Also at the AGM, Phil and Jenny Robling and Darlene Kuffert were honoured for reaching “a truly extraordinary milestone” of 5,000 volunteer hours in support of the auxiliary, noted the release, adding that auxiliary members provide nearly 40,000 hours of community service each year.

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