Thousands raised for women
Jon Manchester - Feb 13, 2020 - Get Involved

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Three North Okanagan Shoppers Drug Mart stores helped raise more than $8,800 to support women’s cancer care at Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s McMurtry-Baerg Cancer Centre.

The annual Shoppers LOVE. YOU. campaign sees associate owners partner with local charities to directly support women’s health in their communities.

From Oct. 5 through Nov. 1, customers and staff raised $8,854 by purchasing and personalizing special icons that were displayed on the charity trees in each store. Purchases included a ‘leaf’ for a loonie, a ‘butterfly’ for $5, an ‘apple’ for $10 or a ‘bird’ for $50.

“We’re thrilled with the success of our 2019 Growing Women’s Health campaign,” said Chase Nickel, the pharmacist owner at the Highway 6 store. “Each year, our customers and staff demonstrate their generosity and their commitment to supporting women in our community, and we couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s contribution.”

“Donations like this help support the amazing work that our teams of professionals do on a daily basis as they provide care to patients and families through their cancer journeys,” VJH Foundation executive director Kate McBrearty said.

Since 2002, the campaign has raised more than $35 million for Canadian health charities, with 100 per cent of funds staying in the community where they are raised.

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