Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, and Adam Stowe, sales and marketing director for the Wenner Group of Companies are about to plug in to kick off the second annual Christmas campaign to raise cash to buy medical equipment for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The campaign starts Friday, Dec. 1. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Hospital foundation throws switch on Light the Trees campaign

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation light trees for cash with Christmas donation campaign.

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation is plugged in to power up its second annual Light the Trees Christmas campaign.

The fundraiser for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital starts Friday, Dec. 1, and has its sights set on a $525,000 fundraising target to help the hospital purchase a list of equipment that includes operating room glide-scopes and surgical lights, patient stretchers, bedside cardiac monitors, ultrasound probes and MRI upgrades.

“It’s part of the spirit of the season to have Christmas lights up for everyone to enjoy and if you’re in the hospital it’s not exactly a warm feeling, so we try to add this as part of the joy of giving,” said Janice Perrino, the foundation’s chief executive officer.

The trees at NRGH’s entrance courtyard have all been decked out with Christmas lights, thanks to Wenner Group of Companies, which donated and installed the lights. Each donation during the campaign will light another bulb on the 12 trees in the courtyard. The goal is to have all 12 trees fully lighted by Christmas Eve.

“It’s thousands of lights, but with LEDs these days, it’s very low wattage,” Adam Stowe, Wenner’s director of sales and marketing.

Perrino said the donated lights and labour are a crucial component to demonstrating the progress of the campaign leading up to Christmas Eve.

“It’s a small piece, but spending the two days here and putting them up, people walk and they get excited knowing they’re going to be up and the kids obviously love the lights and it is a nice thing to do at the hospital. Our contribution’s very small, but it’s important and we’re happy to be a part of it,” Stowe said.

To contribute to the Light the Trees campaign, call the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation at 250-755-7690, call toll free from the Oceanside area to 250-947-8212. Donations can also be made online at www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com or in person by visiting the foundation office in the NRGH main lobby.



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