Run generates ER funds

Photo contributed The organizing committee for the eighth annual Run for Life celebrates another successful fundraiser for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. More than 150 participants took part in the five-kilometre fun last month

Photo contributed The organizing committee for the eighth annual Run for Life celebrates another successful fundraiser for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. More than 150 participants took part in the five-kilometre fun last month

More than 150 participants in the eighth annual Run for Life sprinted to a successful finish, raising more than $17,000 for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.

All proceeds from last month’s five-kilometre fun run in Bowen Park go toward the new emergency department expansion at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Russ Burke of Canadian Western Bank was the top-pledge earner, raising $665 from friends and family. The event is organized by Central Vancouver Island financial institutions in a joint effort that includes management, staff and clientele.

The hospital foundation has pledged $4 million to purchase essential equipment for the $36.9 million expansion project scheduled to open in June 2012.

For more information on the foundation, please visit www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com.