This morning I was invited to the store opening of the shiny new London Drugs on West Broadway. The BC-based London Drugs stores have been around for 60 years and have stores across Western Canada.
This particular location is a few meters away from the old spot (at 525 West Broadway), and as the new flagship store, it’s almost double the size. From kitchen wares, to all-natural cosmetics and MacBooks, it’s the same old LD goodness, only mega-sized.
However, it’s not every day that a store opening can get me out of bed by 6am, the main reason I attended was to learn about their involvement with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Being a dedicated auntie of 5, this is a facility, foundation, and cause that is very worthy of my attention.
Before the official announcements and presentations, we were treated to a performance by the Simon Fraser Elementary Children’s Peace Choir.
“The charitable contributions of London Drugs are based on the philosophy of the Louie family are presented to them by H.Y. Louie in a series of family letters.”
On hand to share a very personal story of recovery was a 16 year old girl who had been undergoing treatments since she was in kindergarden and eventually had a kidney transplant. She’s been doing well for the last few years thanks to the care she received at the BC Children’s Hospital.
Today was the launch of the “Hope Tote” at London Drugs stores. For $3 you can purchase a reusable tote bag that is reflective and that kids can also colour with markers. With 100% of the sales going to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, they’re a great alternative to wrapping paper.
London Drugs is also selling a BC 150 commemorative calendar for $29 that features images from across BC, $5 from each sale of the calendar goes to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
BC 150 is a year-long celebration of BC’s 150th birthday. I have a few posts up about spirit squares and events across the province, and tomorrow there will be an official ceremony over in Fort Langley. “James Douglas stood in the Big House at Fort Langley on November 19, 1858 and read out the proclamation that declared British Columbia a Crown Colony.” There will be no fees to enter Fort Langley tomorrow for Douglas Day, and there will be a concert starting at 4:30pm featuring The Higgins and Jessie Farrell.
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