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The Prince County Hospital staff choir gets the Christmas spirit moving, leading a large crowd in caroling at the Prince County Hospital Foundation’s Lights For Life celebration.
SUMMERSIDE – The Prince County Hospital Foundation’s Lights for Life initiative raised $208,199 for its 2013 campaign.
Foundation president Gordon Coffin said contributions were above the 2012 total as the campaign completed its 19th fundraising effort.
The Lights for Life show was delayed a day this year because of bad weather – the first time in its 19-year history.
“Lights for Life is one piece of a large goal this year,” Coffin said. “Our goal has often been between $700,000 and $1 million each year to buy priority medical equipment for this Island hospital. And I stress Island because I know there are people who come here from the other side of Tignish, the other side of Souris and the other side of Montague. It’s truly become a referral hospital that provides quality health care and excellent service to all Islanders.”
Coffin said it makes the job of the foundation in raising funds much easier when the hospital has a strong name within the community.
“We’re trying to raise $1.3 million this year,” he said. “We’re almost there. We’re very close and we have until the end of December before we close off the books.”
Bevan Woodacre, communications officer for the Prince County Hospital Foundation, said Lights for Life is staged each year with the help of the hospital and many volunteers.
“It’s hard to believe that this beautiful lighting ceremony has been going on strong for such a long time,” he said. “What once started as a small fundraising initiative in the mid ‘90s that raised $30,000, has grown to an event that is looked forward to by everyone in the community.”
Woodacre said the campaign annually raises over $200,000 for hospital equipment.
“Currently, there is no other funding for medical equipment at the Prince County Hospital,” he said. “Donations make all of the medical equipment happen.”
Woodacre said 100 per cent of the funds collected through Lights For Life goes to the purchase of medical equipment for the hospital.