The South Cariboo Health Foundation’s (SCHF) Third Annual Starry Nights campaign kicked off on Nov. 20, with more than 140 people there to watch the Grinch light up the stars on the 100 Mile District General Hospital.
SCHF public relations fundraiser Brenda Devine says she is glad that the event was held on the same night as the Santa Claus Parade.
“I love that the Grinch’s float from the parade was able to come; that was key for our event.”
She notes this year’s Starry Nights is aiming to raise $20,000 for the purchase of an electric imaging trauma stretcher.
“People are really getting behind this piece of equipment, which is of benefit to anyone.”
Although the target hasn’t been met yet, Devine says things are certainly coming along.
“People are dropping donations off at the hospital every day.”
She notes that some business and organization offices are scrapping their “Secret Santa” schemes, and pooling the money to donate to the SCHF instead.
“They’re realizing they don’t need a $10 gift.”
The fundraiser runs until January, and $50 enables donors to be a “Health Star,” with a star put up on the side of the hospital, Devine says. However, any amount is appreciated, she adds.
Since November, she notes Starry Nights has raised $14,140.
Donations can be dropped off at either of the two reception desks in the hospital, or mailed to the SCHF at Bag 399, 100 Mile House, V0K 2E0.
For more information, contact Devine at 250-791-5232 or 250-706-2101.