Gift of new greenhouse for Delta Hospital

North Delta-based community group Trinjan, the Punjabi Folk, with the help of numerous businesses and individuals, has raised enough money for a garden for extended care residents at Delta Hospital.   - Photo submitted
North Delta-based community group Trinjan, the Punjabi Folk, with the help of numerous businesses and individuals, has raised enough money for a garden for extended care residents at Delta Hospital.
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A new wheelchair-accessible greenhouse is being planned for Delta Hospital thanks to the fundraising efforts of the North Delta-based community group Trinjan, the Punjabi Folk.

Preparations are being made to build this greenhouse adjacent to the existing garden in the extended care unit, home to 92 residents who are primarily wheelchair dependent.

Recreation time plays a very important role in their day-to-day activities. One of the activities enjoyed by many of the residents is gardening.

Each February, residents and caregivers start seeds inside the residence dining hall. As the weather warms and the plants outgrow their starting pots, many hours are spent transferring, trimming and tending to a wide variety of plants and vegetables.

By the end of summer, the residents are filled with pride as they harvest their vegetables and share them with their friends that evening for dinner. The ability to watch the process of going from seed to sprout to plant to flower or vegetable is very enjoyable and tremendously therapeutic for those that call Delta Hospital home.

Members of Trinjan, the Punjabi Folk have been fundraising for Delta Hospital for many years. Their first donation was towards the Women’s Treatment Room in the new Emergency Room opened in 2006.

Amy Ghuman Sara, the founder of Trinjan, said the donation would not have been possible without the efforts of the South Asian community and the numerous Lower Mainland businesses that helped make it a reality.

Foundation vice chair Lois Wilkinson had high praise for the efforts.

“For the past five years, Amy has been working tirelessly towards several projects at Delta Hospital. She has been a strong leader in our efforts to build stronger relations with the South Asian members of our community.”

Construction will get underway this fall with hopes that planting will begin in early 2009.

The Trinjan organization would especially like to thank Rogers, Fruiticana, UBC, White Spot, Panjabi Tribune, Channel M, AM 1550 Sher E Punjab, Radio India, Red FM, Gagan Foods, Indo Canadian Voice, Asian Star, The Surrey-North Delta Leader, The Dhillon Group and RBC Dominion Securities, H&R Video Production, Punjab Cloth Warehouse, Delta Coun. Jeannie Janakos, Kwantlen University College, Jhat Pat Foreign Exchange, Canada Times, Punjab Times, Kohaly Printing, Guy Gentner, MLA, Asian Pulse, Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, Golden Star Video, Taur Punjab Di, Punjab Guardian, Randhawa Immigration, Jaz Gill, Sher Atta and the many others who lent a helping hand to the cause.

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