Over 110 Christmas trees were lit simultaneously last evening in front of seven healthcare facilities in northern New Brunswick

Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2, 2015 – For the 11th consecutive year, over 110 Christmas trees were lit simultaneously in front of Chaleur Regional Hospital, Enfant-Jésus RHSJ† Hospital,  Lamèque Hospital and Community Health Centre, Tracadie-Sheila Hospital, Campbellton Regional Hospital, Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin and Grand Falls General Hospital. Those facilities welcomed a few hundred people who came out to dedicate a Christmas tree in the name of a person or group of their choice in return for a $200 contribution.

In the Chaleur region, giant figurines sponsored by groups and businesses were lit to add to the festive decor in front of the Chaleur Regional Hospital. “Lighting these figurines is an opportunity to welcome and raise awareness among the region’s families. Illuminating the hospital entrance also creates a warm atmosphere that is greatly appreciated by employees and patients alike. It is important to point out that the campaign will be continuing right through to Christmas,” explained Annie Cyr, Chair of the Northern Star Campaign for the Chaleur region.

This unifying project was made possible by a partnership between the Caisses populaires in the Northeast and the seven aforementioned hospital foundations. Since 2005, the Northern Star Campaign has raised $650,246 toward health care needs in the northern part of the province. It is important to point out that 100% of the funds collected from the community will go toward improving the region’s health care services.

The public is invited to visit www.etoilenord.ca to contribute to better health care in the region.