Race for scraps rapidly approaching

The Campbell River Hospital Foundation is resurrecting its scrap metal challenge to raise money for hospital equipment

The coveted scrappy trophy is up for grabs once again this summer.

Businesses will compete for the award in the annual Scrap Metal Challenge which kicks off June 1 and runs until the end of the month.

The fundraiser, which began two years ago, raises money for the Campbell River Hospital Foundation and has been a big success, according to Patti Mertz.

“Last year this initiative raised over $15,300 bringing the total amount in this fairly new event to over $36,000,” said Patti Mertz, event manager with the Hospital Foundation.

“This year we hope to make the event even bigger and better by emphasizing the donation of scrap vehicles.”

The foundation has partnered with Coastline Towing and Transport Ltd. which will retrieve any scrap vehicles that people want to donate.

All other scrap metal donations can be disposed of in bins set up at participating workplaces or at ABC Recycling.

A community donation bin will also be set up at the Dogwood Operations Centre.

The business that donates the most scrap metal wins the Scrap Metal Cup.

But the big winner is the Campbell River Hospital, the beneficiary of all the scrap metal proceeds.

This year the money will go towards the purchase of an intensive care rotating bed and a new birthing bed.

Businesses that would like to get involved can contact Mertz at 250-850-2418 or by e-mail, Patti.Mertz@viha.ca