Vernon Subway restaurants have served up big support for a local charity.
The business has made a $10,000 donation to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s North Okanagan Men’s Health Month.
“We are very grateful for the generous support we continue to receive from Subway,” says Andrea Egan, Development Officer for VJH Foundation.
“Their donation will help purchase much-needed equipment and services for men in the North Okanagan.”
Photo: Jon Romeril, (Subway Development Co.), Raj Jaswal (owner), Tanya Crowder (district manager), Gurjit Jhajj (owner), Eleanor Diekert (VJH Foundation project officer)
Subway co-owners Gurjit Jhajj and Raj Jaswal have been long-time contributors to the Foundation, providing support to the Building a Tower of Care Campaigns as well as the past Do it for Dad Walk & Run Event which has been replaced by Men’s Health Month.
“We are happy to take part in Men’s Health Month,” says Jhajj. “Supporting our hospital helps all of us. The timing is very good, too. With Men’s Health Month followed by Canada Day, we can show our Canadian spirit by helping the community,” he said.
The Foundation launched its first Men’s Health Month in June, dedicating the entire month to promoting men’s health. “Our new initiative benefits prostate health for local men, and provides support for cardiac care needs at VJH,” said Egan.
Funds raised during North Okanagan Men’s Health Month will support PSA testing, the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group, and the purchase of a new ECG machine and trolley for Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
This year alone 4,000 Canadian men will die of prostate cancer. Cardiovascular Disease remains the leading cause of death throughout the Western World and the second most common cause in Canada.
Donations to Men’s Health month will stay local and benefit all men in the North Okanagan.
Other local businesses supporting Men’s Health Month with donations include Bannister GM, Kal Tire, S.P. Seymour Ltd., Summit Financial and Watkin Motors.