SCHF Starry Nights kicked off special on Nov. 18

Organizers added colour to outdoor display and it's spectacular

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By Melissa Smalley

The premiere fundraising event for the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) lit up the 100 Mile District General Hospital in festive cheer on Nov. 18, helping to officially kick off the holiday season in the community.

Starry Nights attracted upwards of 75 people, according to the foundation’s head of fundraising, Brenda Devine, who tells the 100 Mile House Free Press that although the turnout could have been bigger, those who participated were thrilled with the event.

“It went really, really well and we all thoroughly enjoyed it,” Devine says, describing the crowd as a “respectable turnout.”

“We could have had more people, and there was a lot going on in town, but I got the impression that this year felt a little more special than past years.”

Funds raised through the Starry Nights campaign – which runs until the end of January – will go towards the purchase of an Arjo bathtub for Fischer Place, an essential piece of equipment that will help residents take therapeutic baths in a safe environment.

For $50, donors can be part of the campaign by becoming a “Health Star.”

Devine says the campaign is off to a good start and the South Cariboo Health Foundation members are hopeful donations will continue to come in throughout the holiday season.

To donate to the campaign, mail a cheque or cash to Bag 399, 100 Mile House, BC, V0K 2E0, or drop it off at one of the two hospital reception desks.

For more information, call the South Cariboo Health Foundation at 250-706-2101.

Here is a link to the video that Paul Luft recorded at the event: https://youtu.be/zbcpSELyNPO.