Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation receives $405,000 in gifts on Giving Tuesday

Fundraising led by a $100,000 contribution from Foundation board member Rana Vig

DONORS to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation have demonstrated record-breaking generosity during Giving Tuesday this year, with $405,000 in support of the hospital’s massive redevelopment project.

Inspired by a $100,000 matching offer from Foundation board member Rana Vig, and later by further dollar-for-dollar matches from a group of anonymous donors, November’s Giving Tuesday fundraising appeal encouraged support for the multi-storey Acute Care Tower currently under construction at the hospital.

“Throughout the pandemic, our donors have been eager to show support for our caregivers, and their generous response to Giving Tuesday is loud and clear,” says Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation President and CEO Jeff Norris. “This year’s results are up significantly from past years for Giving Tuesday. Donors are helping us get closer to our vision for a world-class hospital with cutting-edge technology to match our healthcare professionals’ dedication to patient care.”

The Acute Care Tower is the ‘crown jewel’ of Royal Columbian Hospital’s $1.49 billion multi-phase redevelopment. It will include an interventional super floor with operating rooms and interventional radiology and cardiology suites, a new Emergency Department with its own imaging unit, new larger maternity, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units, and multiple floors for acute and critical care patients.  The first phase of the hospital’s redevelopment saw the opening of a Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre in the summer of 2020.

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to celebrate the tradition of giving worldwide. It was held this year on November 30.