Chilliwack Lions wrap up massive Centennial Project fundraising

Lions help Chilliwack General Hospital make improvements to its already state of the art cataract surgery centre

Lion Dave Mackintosh

Lion Dave Mackintosh

They did it.

Last February, the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, Mount Cheam and Stellar’s Jay Lions Clubs launched a fundraising campaign to benefit the Regional Eye Centre at Chilliwack General Hospital. They were determined to raise $600,000, the amount needed to purchase six pieces of equipment for cataract surgery.

And they did it just shy of their one-year goal.

A large thermometer has been tracking the progress through the year, and many contributions have been made since the campaign began. The final contribution came from the Mt. Cheam Lions Club, in the amount of $200,000.

The pieces to be purchased will include two phacoemulsification systems, and will enhance surgical control and improve patient outcomes for more than 5,000 individuals annually.

Chilliwack’s cataract surgery centre is unique in that two operating rooms are in use in tandem, with prep taking place in one room and the surgery in the other at the same time. The doctor and medical team move from room to room, speeding up delivery of service and reducing wait times across the Fraser Valley, Vancouver and even allowing patients from other health regions to access surgery sooner.

“The Mount Cheam Lions Club is excited to be able to make such a large contribution towards our Centennial Legacy Project. Being able to provide the latest technology for cataract surgery equipment which will benefit not only our community but communities within the Fraser Valley, follows our motto “We Serve” said Lion Dave Mackintosh, Chair of the Centennial Legacy Project.

Liz Harris, Executive Director Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation said, “we are so grateful to the Lions and honoured by their generosity. We hope that community support, such as this, inspires others to get involved and help make a positive impact on health care in Chilliwack.”

Many hospital improvements are funded through donations from corporations, organizations and individuals. To learn more about what projects are being planned for CGH, visit www.fvhcf.ca.