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Victoria Hospitals Foundation nears goal for 'vital' campaign

Thanks to continued support from the community, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation is 80 per cent of the way toward its goal of raising $595,000 for the purchase of 94 specialized vital signs monitors for the Royal Jubilee’s new Patient Care Centre.

The new monitors display up-to-the minute patient information such as blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate, as well as an electrocardiogram, a wave-form graphic of a patient’s heartbeat.

Caregivers can now make immediate medical assessments right at a patient’s bedside – or wireless communication devices alert them when a patient’s vital signs change.

Recently diagnosed with coronary heart disease, Rose Lopetrone is just one of these patients. She is also in the unique position of having worked for the same hospital where she was treated, the Royal Jubilee.

“As a cardiac nurse, I understood the importance of having the right equipment to deliver the best care possible,” Rose says. “As a cardiac patient, this equipment became even more critical.”

To donate or for more information, please call the Victoria Hospitals Foundation at 250-519-1750 or visit


Wednesdays – Speakwell ESL English conversation program, offering free adult classes with free childcare, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Building. FMI: Derek, 250-721-0497 or

To March 13 – Thrifty Foods’ Help Out One Buck at a Time fundraiser for local hospital foundations; for every four-pound bag of Buck Brand organic navel oranges bought, $1 will go to your local hospital foundation. FMI:

Feb. 29 – Free karma yoga philosophy talk with Shirley Daventry French, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria, 202- -919 Fort St. FMI: 250-386-9642 or

March 2 – Fantastic Fridays at St. Luke’s Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free, family-friendly time featuring Messy Church, games, crafts, music and stories. Dinner provided. FMI: 250-477-6741 or

March 2 – Ten Thousand Villages in Broadmead Village Shopping Centre hosts a Fair Trade Rug seminar with Yousaf Chaman at 7 p.m. RSVP to 250-727-7281.

March 3 – Oak Bay United Church garage sale, corner of Granite and Mitchell streets, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Furniture, household goods, books, art, jewellery, toys and more. FMI-250-598-5021 Ext 0.

March 3 and 4 – Victoria Orchid Society Show and Sale for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, at the UVic Student Union Building. Admission is $7/adults; $6/seniors and students. FMI: 250-217-4390 or

March 3 – Victoria Genealogical Society Workshop, Ancestry Search Strategy, 10 a.m. to noon at 947 Alston St. Members $10; non-members $15. Register: 250-360-2808; FMI:

March 4 – Victoria Junior Field Hockey is hosting a free Come Try the Game Day at the UVic turf, 10 a.m. FMI: or register online at

March 4 – Look Good: Do Good Cut-a-thon for the Cridge Respitality Service, noon to 4 p.m. at Headstart Hair Design, 1315 Cook St. Basic cuts for minimum donation of $15. Refreshments, door prizes and more.

March 4 – The Linden Singers perform Northern Lights Northern Echoes, 3 p.m. at First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd. Tickets $20/$17. FMI:

March 6 – The Esquimalt Lions Club invites interested residents to its open house and dinner (RSVP only), at the Esquimalt Legion. RSVP to Membership chair Bryan Mee, 250-386-3923 or

March 7 – Free Jnana yoga philosophy talk with Shirley Daventry French, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria, 202-919 Fort St. FMI: 250-386-9642 or

March 10 – Victoria Genealogical Society Workshop, Using Scotland’s people to research your ancestors, 10 a.m. to noon at 947 Alston St. Members $10; non-members $15. Register: 250-360-2808; FMI:

March 17 – Esquimalt Neighbourhood House St. Patrick’s Day Rock-a-thon fundraising dance, featuring That ‘70s Band and special guests, 8 p.m. at the Esquimalt Legion, 622 Admirals Rd. Tickets: $10 in advance from the Legion or Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave.


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