Scrap Metal Challenge turns scrap into Bili-Lights

It was close right to the very end, however Marine Harvest Canada pulled out a win for the coveted Scrap Metal Cup with $5,127.04 in scrap metal! “In four years the Campbell River Hospital Foundation Scrap Metal Challenge has raised more than $58,000 for vital medical equipment for our hospital,” states Stacey Marsh, Executive Director.  “It is because of the commitment and support of companies like Finning, AJ Forsyth, Western Forest Products, T-Mar, Marine Harvest Canada, Shaw, Seaworthy Marine, Coastline Towing, ABC Recycling, Marine Link Transportation, City of Campbell River, the Mirror and the many, many people who donated at the public bin, that we can make a positive difference in health care for our community. Thank You.” There are approximately 400 babies born in Campbell River Hospital each year and the $12,434.55 raised from our 2015 Scrap Metal Challenge will go towards helping our smallest of patients.  Jaundice is a common, temporary and usually harmless condition in newborn infants. It affects both full-term and premature babies, usually appearing during the first week of the baby's life. However, high levels of bilirubin can occur in the blood called hyperbilirubinemia. These high levels can be dangerous to a baby.  Phototherapy is the most common treatment of Jaundice and that exactly what Bili-lights are used for. The lights are suspended at a distance from the baby and help to eliminate bilirubin in the blood. “The greatest bulk of the Marine Harvest donation was made up of old electrical cable, used at farm sites to power metal halide lights. We have since moved to LED style lighting which uses a lighter gauge of cable and all the older heavy cable was brought into our land based warehouses to repurpose, sell or recycle,” said Rick Adams, Warehouse and Logistics Manager.  “The Scrap Metal Challenge became the perfect opportunity to put some of the original value of the wire back into the community.”