Tereza Verenca – Jun 25, 2020 / 4:00 am
Drive-thrus aren’t just for picking up a Big Mac, fries and a large Coke.
They’re also for supporting charities.
Giesbrecht & Associates IG Private Wealth Management is organizing a “stop, drop and donate” drive-thru event next month for the Kamloops Hospice Association.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant a decrease in funds for the local non-profit. Its thrift store had to temporarily close and its annual gala had to be cancelled. In an earlier interview with Castanet, executive director Wendy Marlow said staff need to raise $1.2 million every year to maintain operations, including running the 12-bed Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home.
“We know the hospice plays an incredible role in the community for everyone, doesn’t matter who you are,” says drive-thru organizer Marilyn Giesbrecht. “I know 250 some odd people come through their doors every year; that’s a lot of people so we want to makes sure that continues on.”
It’s also personal for Giesbrecht. She accessed hospice in 2011, when her husband had a three-week stay before he passed.