Giving the gift of health

Vitamin company covers the cost of $65,000 in vitamins for Greater Victoria's needy

Thousands of homeless or low-income earners in Greater Victoria will get the gift of health thanks to a recent $65,000 donation to the Victoria Cool Aid Society.

Thanks to vitamin and health-product maker, Swiss Natural, Cool Aid’s community health centre will be able to give vitamins to more than 4,000 people.

The vitamins, including Vitamin C and probiotics, will be provided based on the advice of doctors and nurses who work at the society’s health centre.

“Patients on a limited income and income assistance face challenges with nutrition and full micronutrient replacement.  For them vitamins are often essential,” Irene Haigh-Gidora, Cool Aid’s manager of community health services, said in a statement.

“Without Swiss Natural’s support there is simply no way that most of our patients would be able to access vitamins.”

The Victoria Cool Aid Society supports adults-in-need with employment, dental and physical and mental health-care services, emergency shelter, among other programs and services.