Burn Unit Proud Recipients of Continuing Support from HMCS

Sara Land | July 04, 2017

Sailors from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary saddled up to visit the 2017 Calgary Stampede and present their annual donation to the Foothills Medical Centre Burn Unit.

The Sailors travelled from their base in Victoria to present a cheque for $3,350 – the number representing the city’s namesake ship, to the Foothills Medical Centre Burn Unit.  Since 1990, their annual donation has accumulated over $85,000 directly towards needed equipment, education and training of staff benefitting the care of patients within the burn unit. 

The money donated was raised through the HMCS Calgary’s Cowboy Up event. The known stampede theme seen commonly in Calgary is not lost in the fundraising event location of Victoria, complete with bull riding, live bands, auctions and delicious food.  The event gives the opportunity for the invitees to experience the ship as well as meet the HMCS Calgary crew. The crew has continually raised money in support of the Burn Unit, as it has a personal significance to them


The crew is led by Vita, Unit Manager, and Lindsay, Instructor on the Burn Unit


The crew has annually donated from their charity fund to the Calgary Health Trust in support of the burn unit, as it holds important significance to their crew after they suffered a fire on the ship. This experience triggered a personal connection to the cause, and each year the crew members get to see the direct effect of their donations from the Foothills Medical Centre staff.  


One of the highlights of the tour included the rehabilitation wing, where patients work with an occupational therapist, like Sam (pictured left)  

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