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Mid Island Co-op members asked to fuel up for health-care cause

Fuel Good Day helps Nanaimo hospital’s high-acuity unit which serves patients north of the Malahat
Barney Ellis-Perry, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, left, and Ian Anderson, Mid Island Co-op CEO, promote Fuel Good Days at the station on Cranberry Avenue on Tuesday, Sept. 19. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Members of Mid Island Co-op can feel good when they fuel up today.

The co-op is holding its Fuel Good Day on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at gas bars, with 10¢ from every litre purchased going to Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.

Ian Anderson, Mid Island Co-op CEO, said money will be raised from gas stations from Salt Spring Island to Lake Cowichan to Port Hardy and it’s all part of the co-op’s directive.

“As a co-op, we’re a different kind of business, we’re owned by the community,” said Anderson. “So each of our members owns a portion of Mid Island Co-op, they have shares in it. All of our profits go back into the community either through donations back to community groups and or to our members in the profits that we pay back each year. All that money stays right here on Vancouver Island.”

Barney Ellis-Perry, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, said the money will go toward a high-acuity unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

“This is the ideal partnership because it’s from Salt Spring Island all the way to the north of the Island,” said Ellis-Perry. “Because we’re the hospital where the helicopters come, they’ll be bringing people to the [intensive care unit] … we have all the 450,000 people north of the Malahat able to participate today and support this really important new build.”

According to Mid Island Co-op, more than $42,000 was raised in last year’s Fuel Good Day.

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