Thursday, December 12, 2019

‘Christmas Wish Tree’ campaign celebrates 30th year

The annual Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) Christmas Wish Tree campaign, a long-standing CK tradition, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The occasion will be marked by two tree lighting ceremonies and a special holiday festival to commemorate this significant milestone.

The campaign provides an opportunity for members of the community to remember their loved ones by making a donation in their memory. For each donation, a light bulb will be added to the Christmas Wish Tree and their loved ones name will be published weekly in the Chatham Daily News and Wallaceburg
Courier Press until January 2nd.

“It truly is an honor for the Foundation to be a part of what has become a holiday tradition in Chatham-Kent for 30 years, and to have an opportunity to celebrate with our community as we recognize family and friends who we keep close in our hearts” says Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation.

Proceeds will support the Women & Children’s and Emergency departments through the purchase of three new pediatric cribs, and two new patient ventilators. This equipment will enhance the quality of care received by CKHA’s youngest, and most critical patients.

“We would like to thank our generous sponsors of this year’s campaign, Maple City Business Solutions and Western Equipment Limited Electrical and Electronic Distributors for supporting our efforts to enhance local healthcare in Chatham-Kent” says Gaye Thompson, Board Chair, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “Your partnership will truly help to make a difference in our community”.

Members of the community are invited to celebrate 30 years of wishes at the annual tree lighting ceremonies on Monday December 16th at 6:00 PM at CKHA’s Wallaceburg site, and Tuesday December 17th at 6:30 PM at CKHA’s Chatham site. All are welcome to honour the memories of loved ones, and enjoy complimentary refreshments,carriage rides and festive holiday caroling.

The celebration will also include a holiday festival in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham- Kent’s Home for the Holidays, and will feature decorated trees and festive lighting displays, camp fires,

kids’ activities and visits from Santa. The festival will run throughout the month of December, and will be free for all of Chatham-Kent to come and enjoy. For more details, visit the Foundation website at ckhaf.ca and look under “Upcoming Events”.

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