Christmas Wish Tree Tradition Continues in Chatham-Kent Christmas Wish Tree Tradition Continues in Chatham-Kent – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

Christmas Wish Tree Tradition Continues in Chatham-Kent

(Cover photo): Members of the community assemble for the annual Christmas Wish Tree lighting ceremony on December 16, 2019 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Wallaceburg Site.

CHATHAM, November 12, 2020 – The 31st Annual Christmas Wish Tree campaign has kicked off in support of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) new Urology services.

The campaign provides an opportunity for members of the community to celebrate the memory of their loved ones by making a donation in their honour. For each donation, a light will be added to the Christmas Wish Tree in recognition, and their loved one’s name will be published in local newspapers.

“Although our holiday festivities may look a bit different this year, due to Covid-19, it was important for us to ensure this long-standing tradition in Chatham-Kent continued no matter what.” Says Greg Hetherington, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation Board Chair. “We’ll be making some changes to our tree lighting ceremonies, but the way in which our community can honour their loved ones will be the same.”

Those changes include a new virtual format, which will feature for the first time in the campaign’s 30 year history, a live broadcast of both ceremonies on YourTV Chatham-Kent, as well as through the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s (CKHAF) Facebook page @ckhafoundation.

This year’s campaign is already seeing tremendous support, as local businesses have come on board to provide sponsorship.

“We are beyond grateful for how our business community has come together to support us this year. For the first time ever, we have a Presenting Sponsor – Karen Ewald, VP & Portfolio Manager at RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, as well as a number of other partners who are participating for the first time.” Says Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation.

The full list of partners includes long-time supporter Maple City Business Solutions, National Bank Financial JMRD Watson Wealth Management Team, TekSavvy Solutions, and Western Equipment Limited.

The Foundation has also received a very generous gift from Bob & Robin Hockney, who have offered to match every donation received between November 12th and November 30th, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. Retired local business owners, Bob & Robin have lived in Chatham-Kent for 31 years and both expressed their gratitude for the generosity they have received from this community, which inspired them to give back.

“With Bob & Robin’s incredible support, we will be able to double the impact that each donation is making on local health care, which is truly heartwarming.” Adds Crowley.

All proceeds will support CKHA’s Urology services through the purchase of a new Bladder Scanner for CKHA’s Wallaceburg Site, and a new Urodynamics Machine for CKHA’s Chatham Site. The two pieces of equipment are among the remaining items needed to complete the Urology unit.

Members of the community are invited to view the live broadcast on YourTV, and the Foundation’s Facebook page, as we honour the memories of loved ones in Wallaceburg on Wednesday December 16th @ 6:00pm, and in Chatham on Thursday December 17th @ 6:00pm.

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