Lions give Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation a boost

Central Saanich club donates $50,00 to CT scanner campaign.

Central Saanich Lions Club members Larry Griffiths

Raised through cutting wood, flipping flapjacks and more, the Central Saanich Lions Club turned their hard work into a sizeable donation to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

The club gave $50,000 to the Foundation for its CT scanner purchase campaign during a brief ceremony at their regular meeting.

“It’s a great cause,” said club past-president Larry Griffiths. “It was a great fit and a local effort.”

The Foundation is fundraising to replace an aging CT scanner. Board chair Gordon Benn said it will cost an estimated $1.6 million to do so and the Lions’ donation brings their total up to more than $400,000 — and the campaign only started on Oct. 4.

Benn and executive director Karen Morgan were grateful to the Lions Club for their generosity, which also helps get the word out about their campaign this year. Last year alone, the SPHF raised around $3.5 million for their ongoing projects.

Central Saanich club president Ron Basi said members are always looking to help out.

“There are a lot of things that we do for the community,” he said. “All people have to do is ask.”