$380,000 raised so far for Queen Victoria Hospital helipad

The Revelstoke District Health Foundation is anticipating some major announcements related to the helipad project in the coming weeks. With a total of $380,000 raised so far and a number of fundraising commitments from local groups, the helipad is close to becoming a reality.

The proposed flight path for the new Queen Victoria Hospital helipad. Photo: contributed

A dedicated group of hard-working volunteers are well on their way to making a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital a reality for Revelstoke. They have raised $380,000 so far and are closing in on their $465,000 goal.

“We’re anticipating a couple of big announcements in the next couple of weeks,” said Steven Hui, chair of the Revelstoke District Health Foundation. “We should be hitting our funding target by April.”

The Health Foundation began its campaign to raise the funds for the helipad in November.

In this file photo, residents gathered at Queen Victoria Hospital on Nov. 14 to kick off the hospital helipad fundraising campaign. From left: QVH site manager Julie Lowes, Petra van Dijk of Downie Timber, Scott Newsome of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Angus Woodman of Downie Timber, Mike Copperthwaite of the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, Liliane Lambert from Canadian Mountain Holidays, Roberta Bobicki of Revelstoke Credit Union, Cheryl Fry of the Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society, Revelstoke Credit Union director John Teed, Barbara Ross of Mica Heliskiing, and Steven Hui of the Revelstoke Community Health Foundation. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

In addition to some large donations from both corporate and anonymous sponsors, Hui said there are also a number of fundraisers coming up over the next few months, which will add to the total amount raised so far.

“This community, when it believes in something, just wow!” said Hui. “Everyone understands the need. Not one person I’ve talked to has said ‘I don’t want that helicopter flying over my house.’ We’re a community that lives around helicopters and we understand the need. When you need it, it’s going to take minutes.”

Upcoming fundraisers for the helipad project include the Rotary Casino Night on April 8, the Ladies Clothing Swap on April 29, the Antique Car Show 50/50 draw in June, and the Selkirk Saddle Club pony rides which will take place sometime in the spring.

“Once the funds are raised they’ll be given to Interior Health and they will organize construction,” said Hui.