The Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is pleased to announce that the 27th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal has raised over $101,000 for the $6.9 million CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign, bringing the campaign total raised to $4.3 million.

 Through the Christmas Wish Tree appeal, residents of Chatham-Kent are able to publicly honour or remember a family member, friend, colleague and/or business by making a donation to illuminate a blue, silver or gold Christmas Wish Tree light in support of local healthcare.

“We are grateful for the community support towards this year’s Christmas Wish Tree,” says Candice Jeffrey, Development Lead, Foundation of CKHA. “Every contribution to this year’s Christmas Wish Tree Appeal will bring us one step closer to reaching our fundraising goal for the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign and to bringing new, urgently needed, diagnostic imaging equipment to our local hospitals.”

Christmas Wish Tree lighting ceremonies were held on December 15th at the Chatham and Sydenham Campuses as part of the campaign. The public was invited to the ceremony to enjoy Christmas carols, words from CKHA’s Spiritual Care staff, refreshments and to view the trees that were decorated in over 1,000 gold, sliver and blue lights – signifying the level of gifts received through this year’s appeal.