Lower Mainland families that require help with basic needs while their child or pregnant mother is hospitalized at Royal Columbian Hospital have access to assistance, thanks to a grant from the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.
Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation’s Maternity/Infant/Child Youth Emergency Response (MICY ER) Fund was established to provide help to families under extreme financial stress and emotional duress following an urgent medical condition. The fund covers costs such as grocery and gas vouchers, transit tickets, breast pumps and accommodation.
The grant by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund will help families that live within 50 kilometers of the hospital, while annual funding from Variety – the Children’s Charity ensures families that live outside the Lower Mainland can also access the MICY ER Fund. More than 150 families have received assistance during the last three years.
Photo: Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Vice President Laurie Tetarenko and CKNW Orphans’ Fund Executive Director Jen Schaeffers announce support for Lower Mainland families who need financial assistance while a child or pregnant mother is hospitalized at Royal Columbian.