Wish Trees raise $129K for CKHA


The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s 33rd Christmas Wish Tree fundraiser will be used to keep patients warm.

A total of $128,926 was raised in the campaign, which honoured the memories of 700 loved ones.

The proceeds will be used to support the purchase of new warming cabinets for the Chatham and Wallaceburg hospital sites. These cabinets were identified as a high-priority need for replacement at the CKHA, ensuring patients are warm and comfortable during their stay.

“The success of this year’s fundraising campaign would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our community members and sponsors,” said Foundation board chair Bob Hockey in a media release. “The overwhelming response that our Christmas Wish Tree campaign receives each year illustrates how meaningful this local holiday tradition is here in Chatham-Kent, and further demonstrates our community’s strong commitment to supporting health care.”

For the third consecutive year, the campaign was presented by Karen Ewald, senior portfolio and wealth advisor at RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities. Other sponsors included MC Business Solutions, Western Equipment Ltd. WINMAR International Ltd. and Five Star Tool and Die Ltd.

Once again, the CKHAF was proud to honour the lives and legacies of local health advocates that were lost in 2022. Honourees in the December campaign include Dr. Angelita Allen, Steve Bilodeau, Rex Crawford, John Meko Sr., Richard (Dick) Pollock and Ruth Tetrault.


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