The Creston Community Band at a fundraiser for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health.

The Creston Community Band at a fundraiser for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health.

Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society fundraising for East Kootenay Foundation for Health ICU campaign

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It’s been three years since Yahk, the little town that could, did in fact fundraise over $8,000 from its Breast Fest event to support the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) and the digital stereotactic mammography campaign.

This year the board of the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society has decided to once again get behind EKFH and the $1,000,000 intensive care unit redevelopment project with another fundraiser appropriately entitled Carefest. The cause is an important one for the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society as some of the members have found themselves or a family member requiring the use of the regional hospital’s intensive care unit.

“We hope the community will get behind us and either donate to and/or attend Carefest,” said YKRS president Judy Dickson. “By doing so it makes sure the hospital has the best trauma equipment possible for patients.”

Carefest takes place Oct. 3 at the Yahk Kingsgate Community Hall and features a dinner, dance, silent and live auctions. The Creston Community Band will be providing the musical entertainment.

There will be many other fundraising options with a raffle and the always fun money tree organized by Jeff and Theresa Vandergeest (to help sell tickets call them at 250-424-5118).

The Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society would also appreciate any donations to the cause (to donate or have an item picked up, call Lin Gracewood at 250-424-6949 or Brian and Marcia Eddy at 250-424-5597). Some additional hands and help are also needed for the dinner (to volunteer, contact Judy Dickson at 250-424-5580 ).

The East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s new ICU is to be commissioned in the spring of 2016 and will have six beds versus the present four beds. The current ICU is 94 square meters in size; the new facility is 796 square meters. This means that the care area per patient will be six times than it is now.

To learn more about the ICU redevelopment project and the efforts of the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society’s Carefest, contact EKFH executive director Donna Grainger at 1-877-489-6481 or visit www.ekfh.ca or like EKFH on Facebook.

Tickets for Carefest are $25 per person and available by calling the Yahk Kingsgate Community Hall at 250-424-5462 (leave a message) or emailing ykrsboard@gmail.com.

EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH