Workers at Finning are eager to get started on the Scrap Metal Challenge

Hospital Foundaton wants your scraps

The Campbell River Hospital Foundation's most recent fundraiser asks companies to go-head-to in a challenge to donate scrap metal

The race is on for the kitchen sink.

A recycled kitchen sink that is.

Actually, it’s a trophy welded together using scrap metal from the old sink.

The prize embodies the concept of the Campbell River Hospital Foundation’s latest fundraiser.

The Scrap Metal Challenge pits local businesses against each other in a race to donate the most scrap metal through the month of June.

“We thought we’d be unique and do a green project, kind of a feel-good project,” said April Whalen, special events manager with the hospital foundation, during a presentation to city council April 1. “Instead of asking for a monetary donation to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation we will be asking for scrap metal.”

The idea was born in Sudbury, Ont., where Whalen lived up until last winter. Although three times the size of Campbell River, the community raised $25,000 in its first year of the competition and $30,000 in its second.

Participants signed up for the challenge so far are Finning Canada, AJ Forsythe, Nyrstar Mining, NVI Mining, and the City of Campbell River. There’s still time and space for other companies to sign up.

Bins are placed at participating company work locations, free of charge, to make the collection of scrap as easy as possible. The Hospital Foundation will issue receipts for the amount of scrap metal donated.

The company that collects the most scrap metal will be presented with the kitchen sink on-air on The Eagle 97.3. The winning business will have its name etched on to the bottom of the trophy and will get to keep the memento for one year.

The public is also invited to get involved.

There will be two community bin drop-off locations. One at the Dogwood Operations Centre, next door to the RCMP building, and a second at ABC Recycling, located at 4318 Terminal Place.

Anyone with large items, such as barbecues and lawn mowers can arrange to have their items picked up and scrapped.

To get involved contact Stacey Marsh with the Hospital Foundation at (250) 850-2418 or e-mail stacey.marsh@viha.ca