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Spirit Day moved from May to September

As COVID-19 rears itself in unprecedented ways, and in order to best protect the community and respect guidelines put in place by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the province, Spirit Day, one of Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s signature events is being rescheduled from May 5 to September 17.

“Our primary concern is that everyone stays safe and in good health,” said Judy Neiser, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation CEO. “Never has the need been greater to fund healthcare equipment in specific areas and yet like many we are forced to cancel this event.”

Spirit Day allows members of the community to share their stories, their passion for healthcare and how it touches them, and contribute at any level – anything no matter what the contribution is greatly appreciated, said Neiser.

“We will look forward to working with our partners and supporters in September and in the meantime wish everyone well during such unusual times,” she said.

Spirit Day is an 11-hour radiothon held at the University Hospital of Northern BC and 99.3 The Drive and 101.3 The River studios. Community volunteers and sponsors man phones to raise money for healthcare right here in the North. This year, donors are asked to consider how health care impacts them, and give to the area closest to their heart- cardiac, pediatrics, oncology, respiratory care, mental health and wellness or area of greatest need. Every donation make a huge impact on improving patient outcomes in northern B.C.

“The entire team at the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, (101.3 The River/99.3 The Drive and CKPG-TV) are looking forward to coming together with our listeners and viewers to help healthcare here at home,” said Ron Pollillo, Program Director for 101.3 The River and 99.3 The Drive.

In response to donors’ interests a COVID19-#safeathome Fund has been established for those who want to contribute to the current area of greatest need. A great deal of funding is always needed for respiratory equipment and although this has been a major focus during the latter part of 2019, events during the last several weeks indicate that there is still an ongoing need in this area as well as others.

When you donate:

  • Your dollars stay in the community where you live, work and play
  • 100 per cent of your gift to Spirit Day will be dedicated to funding medical equipment or enhancements to healthcare
  • Your gift qualifies for a charitable tax receipt

For further information please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office at 250.565.2515 or to contribute online please go to

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