From left (back row)

Donations marched down to Hospital Foundation

Funds are the proceeds from the March for Children last December and will help purchase two pieces of equipment

The Rotary Clubs of Campbell River recently presented $10,775 to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation.

These funds are the proceeds from the March for Children last December and will help purchase two pieces of equipment – a DCA Vantage for Diabetes Education and Vital Signs Monitor for the Maternity Department.

The DCA is a machine that is used in the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic on children with diabetes who have to have a blood test every three months called a HbA1c. This machine does the test with a small finger poke rather than a needle in arm which can often scare children.

The DCA can assist families by reducing lengthy and costly trips to BC Children’s Hospital, assisting visiting specialists in planning management strategies and can help children prepare for insulin pump eligibility. Currently, there are approximately 80 children who will benefit from this machine. The cost for this equipment is approximately $6,000.

The Vital Signs Monitor is a piece of equipment capable of checking blood pressure, temperature and heart rate. This monitor is mobile and able to be moved from patient to patient and can be used for neonatal, pediatric and adult patients. The cost for this monitor is approximately $4,000. The March for Children takes place every December on the last Saturday before Christmas, often on the coldest, wettest day. The March is a project shared between the two Campbell River Clubs and has generated more than $360,000 since it began in the 1950s.

There are two Rotary Clubs in Campbell River – the Rotary Club of Campbell River and the Rotary Club of Campbell River Daybreak – the main objective of Rotary is service, in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. To support local doctors, nurses and other key healthcare members, donations can be made online at www.crhospitalfoudnation.ca or by calling (250) 850-2418.