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St. Paul’s Foundation Launches Lights of Hope Campaign

November 14th, 2019
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Light Displays Illuminate St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care’s Hospitals & Seniors Care Homes, and Notable City Landmarks

Hundreds of community members gathered outside St. Paul’s Hospital tonight to celebrate the beginning of St. Paul’s Foundation’s annual Lights of Hope fundraising campaign. Attendees marvelled as more than 100,000 lights and 200 stars were turned on beneath a sky of fireworks, shining across Burrard Street in Vancouver.

Around the city, locals caught glimpses of other Providence Health Care hospitals and seniors care homes lit up, as well as key Vancouver landmarks lit up in support of St. Paul’s – including Science World at TELUS World of Science, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver Convention Centre, Telus Garden, and Davie Street.

The event also launched a new way to support Lights of Hope through the Living Light – an interactive art piece at the Lights of Hope display that gives passersby the opportunity to light a star themselves. The Living Light will shine when a donation is made, and fade out when it goes too long without a donation. People can choose a donation amount ranging from $2 to $20, tap their contactless card, and help St. Paul’s and Providence Health Care continue to provide the world-class, compassionate care they’re known for. Donations of any size make a difference, with $2 covering the cost of a pin that lists all the languages a hospital volunteer speaks, and $20 funding one hour of a peer support worker’s time.

“Every year, we’re overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors,” says Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation. “For the past two decades, donations to Lights of Hope have supported life-saving work. This year, your contributions will also support the future of the new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre. Our north star for the new St. Paul’s is the commitment to put people first. With this year’s Lights of Hope fundraising goal of $3.2 million, people from across the province can help us make this a reality.”

Over the past 22 years, donations to St. Paul’s Foundation’s annual Lights of Hope have totalled more than $37 million, directly supporting all Providence Health Care sites, funding urgently needed equipment, life-saving research, community programs, and other essential patient and resident services that would otherwise not be funded through traditional channels.

“I am especially inspired by this year’s Lights of Hope because the very first patient was seen at St. Paul’s almost exactly 125 years ago,” says Fiona Dalton, President and CEO, Providence Health Care. “On this remarkable anniversary, I am grateful that donations to this year’s Lights of Hope will enable us to continue to provide urgent and compassionate care to our patients and residents today, and ensure we can create a state-of-the-art hospital that will extend our unique 125-year culture of innovation driven by compassion.”

Over the past year, Providence Health Care served more than 600,000 patients from across BC, with 145,000 of those patients receiving care at St. Paul’s Hospital. St. Paul’s had more than 500,000 patient visits, with its Emergency Department alone receiving more than 88,000 of those visits.

The Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s will shine from dusk ‘til dawn every evening, from now until January 6, 2020. The community can donate throughout the campaign by visiting the Living Light installment at the Lights of Hope display, or by giving online at lightsofhope.com.

Video republished with kind permission from News 1130, Lights of Hope Gold Sponsor

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