That is a lot of samosas
Josh Winquist - Jan 26 - Get Involved

Image: Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation
Kal Sidhu (centre) and Pratab Sidhu (right) from Kal’s Naan Stop present a cheque to Light a Bulb Chair Dr. Curtis Mohamed

Without a doubt, this year’s Light a Bulb campaign was Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s most successful in the event’s 30-year history.

$290,000 was raised to purchase urgently-needed equipment for the Ambulatory Care Unit.

“The community rallied for Light a Bulb like we’ve never seen before,” said Lisa Westermark, Executive Director for VJH Foundation.  “It’s evident the need for better health care is a priority for us all.”

One local business was up to its elbows in samosas trying to help.

Vernon business owner, Kal Sidhu of Kal’s Naan Stop Restaurant on 32 Avenue, helped kick off the campaign dedicating 50 per cent of bulk samosa sales from mid-November throughout December, which brought in $6,843.

“Some people bought four or five bags at a time,” Sidhu said.  “We had a lot of customers coming back several times, buying more.  It was really nice to see the community come together to support the campaign.”

“Kal’s Samosa Fundraiser is a great example of local businesses showing their community spirit by building awareness for health care needs while taking action to help ensure those needs are met,” said Westermark.

Light a Bulb has raised more than $4.5 million through community donations to support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and expansions for Vernon Jubilee Hospital.


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