There was a full house Friday night at the Access Event Centre for the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation's fundraising banquet. The evening will primarily support the palliative care and spiritual care program at the hospital. Between $50,000 and $52,000 was raised.
Spiritual Care Coordinator Mike Giesbrecht says it was very humbling to see all the people that came out to support their work. "It's very heartwarming to me to know this community cares about exactly what we're doing. Today was a really good example again of someone I met, who had a loved one pass away a year ago, and still remember to this day the time I took and the time palliative care took to be with them as they walked through that difficult time. The difficult time won't go away, but to have people around them that care, that's a true community that loves each other."
"I meet people everyday who tell me they so enjoy and appreciate the work that's being done in the hospital, and what a difference it makes. And those are the kinds of comments that keep me going, knowing that's important," added Giesbrecht.
Foundation Board Chair Ben Friesen says the support they get at these banquets affirms the work they do is important. "It's always fantastic. You work really hard, all the board members work really hard, and by having such a nice crowd out it gives you a feel of support."
Over 300 people from across the Pembina Valley attended the banquet Friday night.