Local businesses participated in the Hospital Foundation’s annual Scrap Metal Challenge this summer to raise money for hospital equipment. Pictured are

Scrap Metal Challenge cares for newborns

Funds raised at annual event go toward hospital equipment

It was close right to the very end, however, Marine Harvest Canada pulled out a win for the coveted Scrap Metal Cup with $5,127.04 in scrap metal.

“In four years the Campbell River Hospital Foundation Scrap Metal Challenge has raised more than $58,000 for vital medical equipment for our hospital,” says Stacey Marsh, executive director of the Hospital Foundation. “It is because of the commitment and support of companies like Finning, AJ Forsyth, Western Forest Products, T-Mar, Marine Harvest Canada, Shaw, Seaworthy Marine, Coastline Towing, ABC Recycling, Marine Link Transportation, City of Campbell River, the Mirror and the many, many people who donated at the public bin, that we can make a positive difference in health care for our community. Thank you.”

There are roughly 400 babies born in Campbell River Hospital each year and the money raised from the Challenge will go towards helping the hospital’s smallest patients. The donation is going towards the purchase of bili-lights which are used to help treat babies with jaundice. Jaundice is a common, temporary and usually harmless condition in newborns. It affects both full-term and premature babies, usually appearing during the first week of life. However, high levels of bilirubin can occur in the blood called hyperbilirubinemia. These high levels can be dangerous to a baby. Phototherapy is the most common treatment of jaundice and that is exactly what bili-lights are used for. The lights are suspended at a distance from the baby and help to eliminate bilirubin in the blood.

The winner of this year’s Scrap Metal Challenge, Marine Harvest, was pleased to be able to help the hospital while at the same time clear out its warehouse.

“The greatest bulk of the Marine Harvest donation was made up of old electrical cable. We have since moved to LED style lighting and all the older heavy cable was brought into our land based warehouses to repurpose, sell or recycle,” said Rick Adams, warehouse and logistics manager. “The Scrap Metal Challenge became the perfect opportunity to put some of the original value of the wire back into the community.”