St. Paul's Foundation's Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope raises over $3 million for hospital’s greatest needs

January 4th, 2017

St. Paul’s Foundation’s 19th annual campaign brings hope to hundreds of thousands of patients 

St. Paul’s Foundation’s 19th annual Lights of Hope fundraising campaign raised more than $3 million to date this holiday season. Contributions from corporate and individual donors, St. Paul’s staff and volunteers will support the hospital’s greatest needs, including more than 50 enhanced patient care programs across the hospital.

“Thanks to Lights of Hope, we’re able to support innovative programs that make a real difference in the care experience of St. Paul’s patients,” says Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation. “The impact of our donors’ generous gifts can be felt across our hospital – from emergency to cardiac, pulmonary to kidney care, and addictions and mental health.”

Since its inception in 1998, Lights of Hope has raised more than $31.7 million, funding urgently needed equipment; new clinical trials that hold great promise for future discovery; and program enhancements that improve the hospital experience for patients and their families.

Funds raised through Lights of Hope are supporting St. Paul’s Teck Emergency Centre, ground zero of the current opioid overdose crisis. Donations are funding take-home naloxone kits and training for ER patients and younger patients cared for at the Granville Youth Health Centre.

Examples of other St. Paul’s programs supported by Lights of Hope include:

  • Emergency Eye care equipment for the Teck Emergency Centre at St. Paul’s so patients don’t need to be transported to Ophthalmology, which is on a different floor
  • A “Sim Mom” for our maternity ward, for simulations that train staff for emergency obstetric situations
  • An art cart program for our Renal patients, which provides a therapeutic and creative outlet for patients who must log many hours hooked up to dialysis machines
  • Traditional food for special gatherings such as healing circles and women’s support groups at The All Nations Sacred Space in the Immunodeficiency Clinic

“The sheer scope and variety of initiatives supported is what makes Lights of Hope – and donor support of it – so special”, says Vollet. “Thanks to the generosity of our community, hundreds of thousands of St. Paul’s patients from across the province will benefit from the lifesaving supports and advances made possible by donations to Lights of Hope.”

Since the lighting celebration on November 24th, thousands have enjoyed the brilliant display of more than 100,000 lights which illuminates the front of St. Paul’s. Built with donated materials and assembled entirely by volunteers, the display is a symbol of hope for St. Paul’s patients and inspires the community to give. The last day to enjoy the lights this season is January 8, 2016.

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