Surrey/White Rock business entrepreneur Manjit Lit is challenging the public to match his $100,000 gift to the Support Surrey Hospitals Foundation’s COVID-19 fund.Photo by Kevin Hill

Telethon promotes Surrey Memorial Hospital COVID response funding

Entrepreneur Manjit Lit gifts Surrey Hospital Foundation, challenges others to join him

A Surrey/White Rock business entrepreneur is challenging the public to match his $100,000 gift to the Support Surrey Hospitals Foundation’s COVID-19 fund.

Manjit Lit – who also separately donated $100,000 to Peace Arch Hospital for a germ-destroying UV robot – has inspired a one-day telethon on Facebook this Wednesday (Sept. 30) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. to promote contributions to the fund.

The telethon can be viewed at ChannelPunjabiCanada.

For more details, and to donate directly, the public can also visit

The Surrey Hospitals Foundation launched the COVID-19 Response Fund earlier in the spring to help equip and support frontline healthcare workers at Surrey Memorial Hospital, which serves as a biocontainment treatment centre as part of B.C.’s response to the pandemic.

READ ALSO: Peace Arch Hospital Foundation collection donations for pathogen-killing robot

The $100,000 gift will go toward developing critical and innovative medical technologies and novel clinical research studies supporting patient recovery, and also offering support for frontline workers.

“We are so grateful to Mr. Lit and his family for his immense generosity and recognizing the importance of both regional and community hospitals as we continue to fight this pandemic,” Jane Adams, foundation president and CEO, said in a media release.

READ ALSO: Surrey Hospital Foundation needs to buy $568K in equipment for COVID-19 care

“It is inspiring to see his hard work and efforts in encouraging our communities to join him in supporting COVID-19 care, which is so crucial today.”

The SMH emergency department is unique in that 75 per cent of the rooms are single patient rooms, providing privacy while minimizing cross-contamination between patients, crucial during pandemic conditions.

Its emergency department, high acuity unit (HAU), intensive care unit (ICU), and other units within the tower are also equipped with many negative pressure rooms to allow fresh air in but not out, also reducing cross-contamination.

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