RIH Craft Fair sets fundraising sights on new hospital equipment

By Dylana Milobar
November 3, 2018 - 9:48am

KAMLOOPS — The annual Royal Inland Hospital Craft Fair kicks off tomorrow at the Sandman Centre.

Wilma Scheer of the RIH Evening Auxiliary says they have 260 crafters coming in to take over the arena, with proceeds going towards new equipment for the hospital.

"Last year, we raised $19,106 and we're hoping to equal that or maybe even better it a little bit," Scheer says, "Kamloops is growing a little so I think its realistic to hope we break 20 thousand dollars."

This year Scheer says theres not one big piece of equipment on their fundraising wish list, but many smaller pieces.

"We're doing a video cystoscope, a computer program that'll help with diagnostic procedures, we're buying a labour bed for delivery, and about 4 different stretchers for the x-ray area," Scheer explains, "A flexible bronchoscope, to take a picture of your chest and airways, as well as a bilirubin check, to see how much bilirubin the newborns have and whether they need ot go under lamps, and a vital sign monitor."

The event is no small undertaking, as Scheer says, each year about 3,600 people come by the RIH Craft-A-Fair and check out the hundreds of vendors.

"I think its the biggest craft fair in Kamloops, perhaps rivaled by the Canada Day one in the park."

"We have 260 crafters that come in and they sell a wide variety of crafts," Scheer explains, "Pottery, woodwork, soaps, knitting, crocheting, stained glass, almost anything you can imagine."

The event runs from 10 a.m til 4 p.m tomorrow at the Sandman Centre, and admission is 2 dollars at the door.

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