Rotary Club of White Rock president-elect Jaqui Joys (L) presents Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation executive director Jackie Smith with cheque

Rotary Club of White Rock president-elect Jaqui Joys (L) presents Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation executive director Jackie Smith with cheque

A promise kept

Rotary Club of White rock raises $250,000 for Centre for Active Living

They promised to raise $250,000 for the the Centre for Active Living at Peace Arch Hospital in five years.

But the Rotary Club of White Rock did it in four.

A $72,585 donation to the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation last week represented the final instalment of the club’s pledge.

Club president-elect Jaqui Joys presented the cheque to the foundation’s executive director Jackie Smith July 3.

“Club members demonstrated leadership both by the size of the donation and by being the first community organization that committed to help fund the centre,” Smith said.

“They are visionaries and a pleasure to work in partnership with.”

Proceeds were raised in part by the White Rock Rotary’s annual Lobsterfest and book-sale fundraisers.

The donation supports the Rotary Club of White Rock Cardio Gym.

Located at the Centre for Active Living, the gym is equipped with cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills, rowers and elliptical trainers.

The space will primarily be used for chronic disease rehabilitation programs offered by Fraser Health.

The $6.5-million, 18,000-squre-foot centre located at Centennial Park opened in June 2011.

The facility provides supervised fitness and lifestyle programs run by Fraser Health for people with cardiac disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).



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