BCCOM Milk Bikes
BCCOM was recently contacted by Blood Bikes UK on behalf of BC Women’s Provincial Milk Bank, in the hopes that we could help initiate a service like they have here in B.C. Have a look at the link below to find out exactly what it is they do.
Here’s some background on who we’re looking to help:
“The BC Women’s Provincial Milk Bank has been in operation since 1974 and in 2013 the provincial government provided us with some funding to expand to provide pasteurized donor milk to all 13 NICUs (intensive care units for babies) in BC. We have set up 24 depots (places screened donors can drop off their frozen milk), around the province.
The government funding covered renovations to the milk bank, new equipment, helping the depots get started with equipment and information, a scanning system for tracking milk and a few other essentials. The cost of shipping milk from the donor depots to the BC Women’s Hospital and then back to the NICUs is expensive and extra money has not been provided. We are trying to come up with some ways to handle this cost more effectively in order to help more BC babies.”
BCCOM wants to know if anyone would be interested in volunteering some of their time, every month (or week) to helping children across BC in need.
Before we get into the logistics of how this will work, we want to see what kind of response we get. Please share this information with anyone you think may want to be involved, BCCOM member or not.
Please e-mail the office at: [email protected] with the title BCCOM Milk Bikes if this is something you’d like to be a part of.