Northwestel Festival of Trees Raises Over $500K


Whitehorse, Yukon – This year’s Northwestel Festival of Trees concluded in Whitehorse over the weekend, raising over $500,000 for the Yukon Hospital Foundation.

In its tenth year, the Festival is the Foundation’s annual signature fundraising event and brings together hundreds of sponsors, volunteers and businesses to raise funds for the Yukon Hospital Corporation.

This year, the Foundation added two events – the Sidhu Trucking Special Delivery Breakfast and the Multicultural Celebration – to the ever-popular Capstone Mining BAH Humbug, Skookum Asphalt Santa Breakfast, Seniors’ Soiree and Alkan Air Grand Ball. 

Christmas trees were also sent to Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake and Robert Service School in Dawson City, along with craft supplies for making ornaments. Students from Johnson Elementary held a tree decorating event on December 3 and students from Robert Service will be decorating their tree Friday, December 7. The trees will adorn the schools’ halls until winter break, when they will be moved to the hospital in Watson Lake and the arena in Dawson City.

Proceeds from the Northwestel Festival of Trees and the Direct Mail Appeal will be directed towards the Foundation’s current MRI Campaign.  The Yukon Hospital Foundation MRI Campaign Direct Mail Appeal will continue through to 2013. One hundred percent of all donations made through the Direct Mail Appeal directly benefit the MRI Campaign.

Thanks to the incredible generosity shown to date, the Foundation has confirmed it will meet its $2 million fundraising goal for the purchase of an MRI scanner – the first Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit in Canada north of 60 – almost a year early. 

In addition to the MRI Campaign, funds were raised during the Alkan Air Grand Ball for operating room and maternity equipment for the Whitehorse General Hospital. As well, the Yukon Hospital Foundation Board has confirmed funding to purchase Portable Ultrasound Machines for the Watson Lake and Dawson City Hospitals, which will significantly improve diagnostic capacity within these communities.

“The support of the community has been incredible,” said Yukon Hospital Foundation Chair Curtis Shaw. “Over the past few weeks children have given the change from their pockets, hundreds of Yukoners have mailed in donations and companies and organizations have sponsored trees, auction items and events. From bake sales, to breakfast delivery and Movember events – this has truly been a community effort that is making a tremendous impact on the very best health care right here, close to home.”

For more information contact:
Krista Prochazka
President, Yukon Hospital Foundation
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