The successful Poppy Campaign run by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 001 in Regina, has once again allowed them to give back to the community.
On Tuesday, $150,000 collectively was given to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation and the Allan Blair Cancer Centre.
The Annual Poppy Fund campaign is based on poppy and wreath sales leading up to and including Remembrance Day Services.
President and Comrade, Ken Eskdale told 620 CKRM, being able to give back that amount of money speaks to the success of the program and the Veterans who keep it going.
“We know that it pays dividends, it pays money. That puts us in a position to present cheques of this nature. We keep at it and work hard and all our Veterans are proud people so they get right in there to chip in,” Eskdale said.
One-hundred-thousand dollars was given to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation and $50,000 to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre located in the Pasqua Hospital.
Dino Sophocleous, President and CEO of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation said the money will go a long way to improving services used by many veterans.
“It will allow the foundation to invest in the technologies that we need, at both the units at the Wascana Rehab Centre as well as the eye units here at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. Those are two services that the veterans use a lot,” Sophocleous said.
The Legion has worked with the Hospitals of Regina Foundation since 1988, one year after the foundation came to fruition in the Queen City.
Doctor Jon Tonita, the Interim President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency said they too have lots of options with how to use the money.
“We had some specific equipment items, like new fluoroscopes which are scopes used on our patients, the big one was we have new, they’re called smart pumps, and it’s the way chemotherapy is delivered to the patients, and now we have all these new pumps that are expensive,” Doctor Tonita said.
Doctor Tonita added warming blankets and comfort items like chemotherapy chairs will also be bought with the money.
Both he and Sophocleous were more than grateful for the donation, adding how the Legion has always served their communities as well as they serve the country.