The Canadian Police Canine Association and Saanich police donated just under $25,000 to Jeneece Place on Friday, the haven for parents with a child in Victoria General Hospital.
“We all have kids and realize we could have all easily been in the position to use a facility like this,” said Saanich police Sgt. Glen MacKenzie, a father of two. “We’ve all watched Jeneece grow up and have witnessed her selflessness.”
The contribution is the largest non-estate donation to Jeence Place since it opened its doors in January 2012. The money was raised during the national police canine championships hosted by the Saanich police in September.
Funds came through corporate sponsorships, private donations, 50-50 draws and events, including a public day during championships at the University of Victoria stadium. Saanich Const. Jon Zelinksi and police dog Zeke won the event two years running.
The $24,930.66 cheque was given to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, which owns and operates Jeneece Place, and accepted by fundraising wonder Jeence Edroff.
“It’s just absolutely incredible and it’s great they chose for the money to go towards Jeneece Place and to help out the families,” Edroff said.
The money will be used towards the upkeep and operating costs of the facility. Check out jeneeceplace.org for more.