A firework display and the cheers of about 600 supporters will herald the lighting of the St. Paul’s’s Lights of Hope display at 6:55 pm this evening.
A fundraiser for St. Paul’s Foundation, this year’s display contains more than 8 kms of lights and 250 stars at the hospital’s Burrard Street entrance. New this year, is a Christmas tree feature on the hospital’s south tower, the left side of the large display
“Lights of Hope is really the community’s gift to St. Paul’s,” said Foundation Chair John Jennings. “The display is built by volunteers using donated products. Even before the lights go on, it’s a tremendous stimulus for people to give to the hospital. This year, we hope to raise $1.25 million, and we still need $250,000 to reach our goal.”
One of the hospital’s major needs for this year is a new Cardiac Procedure Room in the Heart Centre. Funds raised during Lights of Hope will help to purchase equipment for the new room.
Presenting sponsors for Lights of Hope 2004 are Varshney Capital Corp, the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada and National Bank Financial.
To find out more about Lights of Hope or to make a donation, call 604-682-8206 or visit www.helpstpauls.com. The display will be illuminated until January 5.