Operating Engineers give $100,000 to hospital foundation

Diane Crocker
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Basil Payne, left and Danny Hann, of the Operating Engineers, Local 904, and Jamie Fowlow, vice-chair of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation took part in the presentation of a $100,000 donation from the union to the foundation at Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation on Thursday.

Some 2,000 men and women from across this province demonstrated their interest in health care on Thursday by donating $100,000 of their earnings to the Western Regional Hospital Foundation.

The donors are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 904 who regularly contribute a portion of their salary to charity for each hour they work.

Danny Hann, Local 904 executive board member for the west coast, and business agent Basil Payne presented the donation on behalf of the union during a ceremony at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.

The union has given to Daffodil Place and Ronald McDonald House in the past, said Hann, and this time when the executive talked about making a donation he suggested it go to the foundation.

When the topic of how much came up, the Hughes Brook man said, “I think we should give them a hundred thousand.”

“Health is a big thing,” said Hann, adding with members in “every little community” on the west coast, doing something to help health care here is important.

Foundation executive director Suzanne Carey said the foundation doesn’t have a specific project in mind, but the donation will likely go towards high priority medical equipment.

“This is going to make an amazing contribution for what we’re going to be able to do for health care this year,” she said.

To mark the donation, a plaque recognizing the contribution was added to the foundation’s donor wall at the honour roll level, the most prestigious level of giving.

Organizations: Western Regional Hospital Foundation.The, International Union of Operating Engineers, Daffodil Place and Ronald McDonald House

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