Gwynneth and Richard Nelson

Gwynneth and Richard Nelson

Hospital Trust wine tasting returns

The third annual Wine Tasting for the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust is coming up Saturday, April 26.

The third annual Wine Tasting for the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust is coming up Saturday, April 26.

A total of 17 B.C. wineries will be participating in the event, co-ordinated by Cheryl Lawrence. Appetizers and music will also be provided during the evening.

The wine tasting is a fundraiser for the Hospital Trust’s ongoing efforts to raise the $650,000 in local contributions needed to purchase a state-of-the-art digital mammography unit for Cariboo Memorial Hospital, says trust co-chair Richard Nelson.

The total cost of a new digital mammography unit to replace the existing unit will be approximately $1.2 million.

So far the Hospital Trust, with help from the community, has raised $400,000 for the unit. The project received a serious boost with a total of $75,000 being raised at the $95 a plate, sold-out Christmas gala last December.

“We’re on the downhill side but we’d sure like to get there,” says Nelson.

“We’ve been at it three years.”

Approximately 2,500 mammogram scans are done at CMH annually.

Replacing the existing 14-year-old mammography machine with a new digital mammography unit will improve diagnostic images and assessment time by allowing doctors to send the images by computer to experts in the field located in larger centres for consultations.

The wine tasting takes place  at Thompson Rivers University gymnasium, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Wine can also be bought at the event by the bottle or the case.

Tickets are $55 and available at RE/MAX.

Safe rides home will be provided by Cariboo GM and Heartland Toyota.