This season, buy a Poinsettia through the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary and you can help fund a new Biliblanket for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at VGH. A BiliBlanket is a phototherapy system that is used to treat babies with jaundice. Jaundice in newborns is caused when the liver is not able to break down red blood cells fast enough and produces a substance called bilirubin which causes yellowing of the skin. A BiliBlanket wraps around the baby and provides continuous phototherapy as fibre optic light shines through the blanket on to the baby’s skin.

You can buy a small, medium or large poinsettia in red, white or marble, or a beautiful holiday sleigh or planter and your purchase will help our hospital’s tiniest patients get well!

Deadline for orders is November 15 at 11;00pm, 2017.

The Poinsettias are:

Top Quality:  The Poinsettias for Patients plants are of the highest quality and grown in a separate space in the greenhouse, resulting in large, bushy plants. They take about six months to grow from cuttings.

Safe for All:  Many people worry about poinsettias being poisonous if eaten by their pets or young children.  Contrary to popular belief, they are not toxic, although in some cases ingestion of the leaves can cause vomiting or diarrhoea.  Contact with the latex like sap can cause a rash. (American Association of Poison Control Centers / Pet Poison Help Line.)

Click here for ordering details.