The annual RED FM Gurpurab Radiothon is back this Monday (Nov. 27), supporting two charities this year.
For 2020, the radiothon will be raising funds for the Surrey Hospitals Foundation and the BC Cancer Foundation, according to a joint release from the foundations.
The radiothon will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday.
Funds raised between 7 a.m. and noon will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation, and funds raised after noon will benefit Surrey Hospitals Foundation.
“COVID-19 is impacting every facet of public health right now, with Surrey Memorial Hospital serving as a Biocontainment Treatment Centre, which is currently supporting the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads the release.
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For the Surrey Hospitals Foundation, funds raised will go toward its COVID-19 Response Fund, “focusing on health and wellness of frontline workers, critical COVID-19 research and capital purchases to support COVID-19 care.”
Jane Adams, president and CEO of the Surrey Hospitals Foundation, said “healthcare workers are facing tremendous stress and overwhelming workload.”
“It is absolutely critical for us to take care of their wellbeing so they can continue looking after patients.”
As for the cancer foundation, the release states that cancer cases are “projected to rise by up to 40 per cent” in the next 10-15 years due to our growing and aging population. The Fraser Valley will see the “most significant increase” in the province with a 65-per-cent increase in patients by 2030.
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“Cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic and neither have urgent medical needs, ” said Sarah Roth, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.
Donations will be accepted for five days after the event.