Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation receives $120

Celebrity Golf chips in $120,000 for maternity ward

$120,000 raised by the Celebrity Golf Tournament & Hockey Game was delivered Thursday to rebuild the Smithers maternity ward.

The huge effort from the Celebrity Golf Tournament & Hockey Game committee paid off Thursday when they delivered a $120,000 cheque to the Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation for a revamped maternity ward in Smithers.

“It’s nice to deliver the cheque and see some of the eyes widen when you give them the amount, and to see the money actually go to use and hopefully see the construction start pretty soon – that’s what it’s all about,” said tournament co-chair Kent Delwisch.

“That’s what we put all out time and effort for.”

It takes about nine months for volunteers to organize the event said Delwisch. Volunteers are taking next year off to build up the energy needed to put on the next tournament in 2017.

“You can’t say enough about the individuals,” said foundation chair Ted Bobb.

The business community and foundation also brought in volunteers to help with the events of Aug. 13-15, including the live auction that brought in much of the funds.

Hometown hockey star Dan Hamhuis was on hand for the cheque presentation. He said he had been taking part in the event since he was a kid as it evolved through the years.

“I was a 10-year-old kid, I was participating in this as a caddy … I kind of became a bit of a celebrity when I was playing junior hockey in Prince George. The tournament then kind of transitioned into a smaller kind of community fundraiser that the Rotary group put on,” said Hamhuis.

“Now it’s transitioned to a big event in Smithers with out-of-town celebrities coming up. This is as good as it ever has been these last few years.”

Hamhuis explained why it was so important to take part in the fundraiser.

“It’s unfortunate when families have health scares. To be able to provide the equipment and services that northerners need, that people from Smithers need to be able to stay local is huge. Instead of travelling to Prince George or Vancouver for those services, if we could provide more here it’s going to make things easier for everybody,” said Hamhuis.

The money raised is going towards a new four-suite maternity ward at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital estimated to cost $270,000.


Just Posted

Gak 4 Cops for Cancer

The Gitwangak team raised over $10,700 for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.

North BC Ale Trail features Smithers

After filming in Smithers in July, North BC Ale Trail is ready to sell a trip to the Bulkley Valley.

BV Concert Association back for 57th season

Bulkley Valley Concert Association season starts Oct. 4 and has limited season tickets on sale now.

‘Skinny’ houses could alleviate shortage

Proposal made by Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce to add affordable housing.

Chief Wah Tah K’eght leaves a legacy

Chief Wah Tah K’eght (Henry Alfred) from Witset was reported to have passed away on Sunday morning.

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Most Read