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Hospital adds ventilators thanks to Broadmoor residents

By Don Fennell

Published 4:37 PDT, Mon April 27, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced residents to engage in physical distancing, but in reality the community has never been closer.

When a group of Broadmoor residents learned that Richmond Hospital needed help to purchase four more ventilators, they stepped up. Through a spontaneous fundraising campaign, neighbours collected $33,844 which they turned over to the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

Broadmoor Neighbourhood Association (BNA) president David Zhao credited local Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap for introducing them to the hospital staff.

“As our MLA, John has always encouraged our members to support the community, and our hospital is so important for Richmond—especially at this time,” said Zhao.

Started as a Block Watch group, BNA is a community-minded collective of citizens made up of several hundred families. It has been lauded by the city for the “best neighbourhood group in the city,” noted Yap.

Richmond Hospital Foundation president and CEO Natalie Meixner said of the group, “we are truly honoured that you have raised all of these funds to help support the COVID-19 efforts in Richmond.”

Meixner said they have been impressed by the heart with which people are working so diligently to help.

“Your story is certainly one of unity and passion,” she said.

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