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Lights for Life campaign underway to raise funds for medical equipment at Prince County Hospital

Sandra Zarvie, left, and Lisa Schurman-Smith, of the PCH Foundation staff get prepared for Lights for Life. Packages like the ones Zarvie is holding are in mailboxes now. Gifts can also be made online at pchcare.com or in the PCH Foundation office in the hospital
lobby. The foundation office also has the special bulbs Schurman is holding to take commemorative photos so people can share memories through Lights for Life on social media. Submitted photo/Bevan Woodacre
Sandra Zarvie, left, and Lisa Schurman-Smith, of the PCH Foundation staff are getting prepared for Lights for Life. Submitted photo/Bevan Woodacre

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Islanders are invited to attend the 23rd annual Lights for Life at Prince County Hospital on Dec. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The yearly lighting display brings community members together at the PCH for an evening of song and remembrance. The lighting ceremony is choreographed to music in a touching display with something for everyone.

During the month of November, the PCH Foundation gathers donations in memory and in honour of loved ones. The dedications are collected in a keepsake book that is distributed at the event.

The money donated to will help provide vital medical equipment for PCH.

“This event not only helps the patients of PCH, but it is also an opportunity to honour and remember those we have lost over the years. It has truly become an event that brings the community together,” said Heather Matheson, managing director of the PCH foundation.

“Every dollar counts here at PCH Foundation and we are incredibly grateful to the Lights for Life donors for their support of the past 23 years.”

Gift dedication amounts begin at $10 and all donations received before Nov. 25 at noon will be entered into a keepsake book that is distributed at the event.

Currently, the PCH Foundation has reached the 50 per cent of its 2017 goal of $2.5 million, a large portion of which is needed to upgrade the hospital’s three operating rooms.

“This event remains an incredible help to the hospital. If lights for Life is a success this year, it will certainly bring us closer to our goal.”

Returning to the lighting display are the grand arch, snowflakes, the toy train and the nutcrackers, amongst many others.

The centerpiece of the display will be the Celebration Tree.

Since 1995, Lights for Life has raised over $3.2 million to support new medical equipment.

Gifts to Lights for Life can be made by calling the foundation office at 902-432-2547, donating securely online at www.pchcare.com or by visiting the foundation office in the lobby of PCH.

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