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Million-dollar gift

The Delta Hospice Society is $1 million closer to its goal of financing the construction of a new 10-suite hospice residence and support centre.

A group 15 of Roberts Bank businesses contributed the largest combined donation in the society’s history to the hospice’s Delta Care Capital Campaign, where 100 per cent of donations go to construction of the new buildings.

“Through this charitable gift the Roberts Bank community is helping Delta hospice to build an exceptional and sustainable project which will enhance the health and wellness of families throughout the community,” said executive director Nancy Macey.

Macey also touched on the financial burden the hospice could lift from health care system.

“The cost of care at an acute care hospital is $1,000 a day, and the hospice residence will be $350 a day. With the 10-bed facility the cost savings is over $2.3 million in one year.”

The Fraser Health Authority will fund the operation of the new hospice and lease 1.3 acres near Delta Hospital to the society for $1 a year, but the hospice must raise money for the construction costs and operation of the support centre.

The society broke ground at the construction site earlier this year on April 15, and hope to complete the buildings in spring 2009. Macey estimates another $9 million will be needed to complete the project.

The businesses who contributed to the $1 million donation include: TSI Terminal Systems Inc., Westshore Terminals, the Pattison Group, Westmar Consultants Inc., Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Seaspan, Omni Engineering Inc., Earl’s Industries Ltd., Fantuzzi/Top Lift Enterprises, Hilmar, 99 Truck parks & Industrial Equipment Ltd., Deltaport Constructors, Canadian National Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway and one anonymous donor.

kthiessen@southdeltaleader.com

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