Book sale funds suction machines

Photo by Marianne Curtis

There was something for everyone during the Bethesda Hospital Ladies Auxiliary fall book sale. 

The ladies from the Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary are pleased to report that due to the success of their most recent book sale enough money was raised for their current fundraising project.

Hundreds of book lovers from throughout the region came out to support the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary’s fall book sale. This year’s event which took place from October 18 to 20 at the Clearspring Mall in Steinbach raised $9,700, just short of the $10,000 goal.

Verna Thiessen from the Bethesda Auxiliary is pleased with this year’s event.

“Our fall sale is always smaller than the spring sale but we still did very well,” stated Thiessen. “Thanks to our many volunteers, donators and the people who come out to buy books we were able to almost reach our goal.”

The Bethesda Hospital Ladies Auxiliary set out to raise $10,000 to purchase several individual suction machines to be placed within the hospital’s rehabilitation unit. The individual machines will be placed in each of the rehab room to ensure that choking patients can receive immediate assistance instead of waiting for a portable unit to be brought in from another area.

“We are grateful to everyone who came out and supported this sale either by volunteering, donated or bought books,” Thiessen continued.

Each year the Bethesda Hospital Ladies Auxiliary hosts several fundraisers to purchase medical equipment deemed necessary for patient comfort or safety but not funding through Manitoba Health programs.  To date, the organization has hosted fourteen book sales and raised over $200,000.




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