Photo Credit: Trevor Moore
Photo: "Seas and Greetings" sponsored by the Prince George Airport Authority, designed by Lindsay Cotter (Deloitte People's Choice Award Winner - Favourite Big Tree)
As Spirit of the North celebrates 25 Years of Caring in the North, it was heartwarming to see how many caring people came together to make this year’s 23rd annual Festival of Trees another resounding success and take a huge step toward improving healthcare in the North.
The event encompassed 10 days, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of attendees and an unprecedented call to action in support of the Breast Health Imaging Centre for UHNBC.
Spirit of the North’s funding toward the Breast Health Imaging Centre amounts to a $500,000 ask from Northern Health, and this year’s Gala Fundraising Auction saw $200,000 raised toward this goal by a room of 263 dedicated donors. The largest contribution was made by the PG Cougars 50/50 Society with a cheque for $50,183 representing the proceeds from outstanding community support at Pink in the Rink where Northland Auto Group provided a $20,000 contribution to seed what would ultimately be the largest 50/50 draw ever made at CN Centre. UNBC JDC West students also contributed over $15,000, which they raised through their annual Chillin 4 Charity event in November. The balance was pledged from many dedicated donors and supporters who graciously held up their bid numbers in support.
“Few people in the room have not been touched by someone close to them who have been affected by breast cancer,” stated Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “In collaboration with Northern Health’s efforts to move towards digital mammography early next year this was a request that we knew would have large public appeal, and we are so thankful for such overwhelming support from our donors. It’s all about local dollars staying right here in the North.”
Preliminary numbers show that over $670,000 was raised through the full event something that would not be possible without the generosity and goodwill of the community.
“Every little bit counts, regardless of what level a person can participate. It’s all about a community pulling together for a common goal,” stated Colleen Sparrow, Board Chair for Spirit. “We have a very generous community with both their time and their support.”
Without the incredible backing of our sponsors, donors, and an organizing committee of 30 committed volunteers with hundreds of helpers, this event would not be possible. They are the powerful force driving Festival each year!
Anyone who would like to donate to support the Breast Health Imaging Centre or any other area of healthcare in the North, can do so by contacting the Spirit of the North office at 250-565-2515.