Kelowna Chinese community gifts hospital staff a free lunch

Free lunch for KGH staff

Frontline workers at KGH were given a generous donation on Tuesday.

The Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association planned and delivered 310 meals for healthcare workers.

Organization president Ling Fu said they have been inspired by how hard healthcare workers have been working during the fourth wave.

“We heard a lot of news about the KGH doctors and nurses working really hard, and we have members who work in the hospital too, and they told us the story as well," she said.

"From there we thought we should do something from our society, right? We were thinking of doing a warm lunch, because a warm lunch means a warm heart."

Fu said after receiving $5,000 in donations in just a few short days, the association was able to make the idea come to life, and show their appreciation for healthcare workers.

Amit Khosla is one of many staff members at KGH who have been feeling stressed about the heavy workload from the pandemic. Khosla says receiving a free lunch was very unexpected, and he's thankful for the gesture.

“It's unexpected and very thoughtful. Everyone in the hospital has definitely been working hard the last few months with COVID, but definitely with this last surge. I think it is weighing on people a bit, so to have the support of the community is great and it's so nice of them to provide lunch for us,” said Khosla.

“It seems like they’ve got quite a bit of food there so it seems like a lot of people in the hospital will be getting fed today which is great.”

Qiuyan Li is a laboratory physician at KGH and a member of the OCCA. She wanted to take the opportunity to thank frontline workers for their dedication to getting us through the pandemic.

“I want to speak on behalf of the OCCA, and say thank you to our frontline medical staff, and all of my colleagues and co-workers here. Thank you for your dedication, hard work and taking the risk of being infected just to take care of your patients. We want them to know they are supported, cared for and greatly appreciated,” said Li.

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