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Kidney Foundation thanks generous community

Open letter to residents of Kelowna and surrounds:

Thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you.

When we organized the recycling event at Action Metals on Sept. 24, we had no idea that so many of you had so much metal to contribute to The Kidney Foundation’s Recycle for Life campaign.

But from beginning to end that day the line of precious metals kept coming in—bicycles, barbecues, metal fencing, old lawn mowers, even the kitchen sink.

And on Monday an old forklift came in too.

You all must now have the tidiest garages and basements in the province.

Your generosity brought in over 14,000 tons of ferrous metal and 1,020 pounds of non-ferrous metal, a pile of scrap metal that netted us over $1,700. In addition, there are now 23 more organ donors—people who registered at the event to help save the lives of kidney patients and people needing a new heart, lung, pancreas and liver, plus more.

On behalf of the almost 4,000 kidney dialysis patients in B.C. who are waiting and hoping for a new kidney, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Money raised will go to helping The Kidney Foundation continue spreading the word about the importance of organ donation and the need for more organ donors.

Thank you too, to the staff at Action Metals who organized the educational tours, car crushing demonstration, food and fun for the kids. And to all the volunteers who came out to help.

You can still contribute to the Recycle for Life campaign by dropping off your scrap metals to Action Metals every Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 3258 Hwy 97 North, just behind the Hyundai Dealership. And if you have a car to donate, call 1-800-585-4479 and arrangements will be made to pick it up free of charge.

Wishing you all good health and happy metal collecting.

 

 

Dr. Morrison Hurley,

volunteer president,

Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch

 

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