Muslim business group raises $30K in half hour for Royal Columbian critical care

Muslim Business Council of BC
The Muslim Business Council of BC has made quick work of its goal in support of Royal Columbian Hospital’s critically ill and injured patients.

During a thirty minute pledge drive at the group’s annual fundraising dinner Sunday evening, in partnership with the Canadian Society of Fiji Muslims, guests made thousands of dollars in personal donations to help Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation purchase much-used patient monitoring equipment.

The total of more than $30,000 raised at the dinner will be directed by the Foundation towards a new Transport Monitor, which is used to keep a close watch on intensive care patients’ vital signs as they are carefully moved around the hospital for testing and procedures.

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