Royal Jubilee campaign gets big boost

Family makes significant contribution to hospital's fundraising campaign.

  • Dec. 29, 2013 8:00 a.m.

Vinnie Gill’s life began at Royal Jubilee Hospital in 1977, and ended in the same facility 35 years later.

Gill died during heart surgery in May 2012, a sobering reminder to his parents, Amarjeet and Suman, of the fragility of life.

To honour the memory of Vinnie, the Gills have made a significant donation to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Building Care Together campaign.

“The Royal Jubilee holds a special place in our hearts as our son Vinnie was born and passed away here,” said Amarjeet.

The donation will support the purchase of leading-edge equipment and technology for cardiac care at Royal Jubilee Hospital, and the cardiovascular unit and waiting room in the hospital’s diagnostic and treatment centre, where Vinnie received final care, will be named in his honour.

“In this hospital, Vinnie received the best medical care, provided by dedicated doctors, nurses and staff,” Amarjeet said. “This memorial gives us a lot of comfort and provides an opportunity for Vinnie’s friends and family to reflect on his memory.”

Vinnie’s honour will help others receive the best health care possible for years to come.”

B.C. entrepreneur Jim Pattison will match the Gills’ donation as part of a pledge made earlier this year, bringing the campaign total to $21.15 million.

“It’s a fitting tribute for a man who was so deeply cherished by his family, friends and community,” said Leslee Farrell, campaign co-chair.

To learn more about the Building Care Together campaign, call 250-519-1750 or visit buildingcare.ca.