Rob Goffinet, Linda Thomson, Corinne Scott, Randy Tait, Janet Tomayer, Doug Thomson, Margaret Sanou and Barb Campbell at the donor appreciation luncheon. (Photo Gerry Leibel)

Dig deep, Kitimat

Randy and Darlene Tait commit to three-year funding

Kitimat stalwarts Randy and Darlene Tait have challenged all other households in Kitimat to match their donation for the town’s proposed dementia care home.

Speaking at a Kitimat General Hospital Foundation donor appreciation luncheon held at the hospital on Wednesday, October 23, Randy Tait said the community should stop expecting companies like Rio Tinto BC Works and LNG Canada to pay for all its amenities and start contributing personally to funding projects like the dementia care home.

Putting his money where his mouth is, Tait announced that he and his wife would donate $12,000 a year for the next three years, a total commitment of $36,000.

He challenged other Kitimat households and businesses to meet or exceed their pledge of support.

“A donation of $1,000 a month over the next three years by 100 households means a $3.6 million infusion of cash for this project. We truly believe that if we can do it, there are 100 other households that can do it too,” said Tait.

KGHF president Janet Tomayer welcomed the Taits’ pledge and encouraged others to join them in strengthening local health care.”

“The dementia care home is an ambitious and complex undertaking that calls for long term commitment and investment,” said Tomayer.

She said anyone who would like to join the fundraising drive for the care home is welcome to KGHF at 250-632-8348.

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