Rae Wiens and Dominic shop for children’s books at the Bethesda Health Care Auxilary’s first fall book faire.
By Marianne Curtis
The Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary have successfully expanded upon their annual spring book sale and added an equally successful fall book fair to their fundraising activities.
Over three days starting October 21, the ladies of the Bethesda Auxiliary hosted their first “Fall Book Faire” at the Clearspring Center in Steinbach. Thousands of gently used books found new homes and $11,000 was raised for the organization.
Spokesperson Verna Thiessen says that the group is very pleased with the results.
“We had books left over from our spring sale so we thought that we would hold another one,” explained Thiessen. “Despite the downsized scale compared to our spring event we are very pleased.”
The money raised at the event will go towards the purchase of a new gamma probe for the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach. The $30,000 instrument will greatly benefit residents in the region because it is used to detect cancer in lymph nodes and breast cancer without invasive surgery.
Over the years, the Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary has successfully raised well over $300,000 towards the purchase of needed medical equipment which is not funded through Manitoba Health.
During this past year’s spring book sale, the group raised $20,000 which enabled the purchase of a new bladder machine for the region’s largest hospital.
The Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary is continuing to collect donations towards the purchase of the gamma probe. Donations can be mailed to the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary at 316 Henry Street, Steinbach R5G 0P9.