Hough Memorial Cancer Society treasurer Audrey Hyde (left) and president Mary Telfer display the quilt donated by the Cariboo Piecemakers quilting club to raffle as a fundraiser to purchase a new digital colonoscope for Cariboo Memorial Hospital. The squares for the quilt were made by members of the quilting club. Elaine Watt put the quilt together on her quilting machine and Sheila Wyse completed the edging.

Hough Memorial Cancer Society treasurer Audrey Hyde (left) and president Mary Telfer display the quilt donated by the Cariboo Piecemakers quilting club to raffle as a fundraiser to purchase a new digital colonoscope for Cariboo Memorial Hospital. The squares for the quilt were made by members of the quilting club. Elaine Watt put the quilt together on her quilting machine and Sheila Wyse completed the edging.

Hough Memorial close to equipment goal

The Hough Memorial Cancer Society holding a raffle toward purchasing a new digital colonoscope for Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

The Hough Memorial Cancer Society is only a quilt and coffee table away from having enough money in the bank to purchase a new digital colonoscope for Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

The quilt and table were donated to the organization this fall as raffle prizes. The society members are selling tickets on the items by donation which they hope will be generous.

Donations of more than $10 come with a tax deductible receipt making generous donations more inviting for many people.

The new digital colonoscope will cost about $32,000, says Hough Memorial president Mary Telfer.

“We have been fundraising for the last few years and that goal is almost in sight,” Telfer says.

The digital colonoscope allows doctors in Williams Lake to test patients for ailments such as stomach and colon cancer and send the digital images for consultation to specialists in larger communities such as Kelowna or Vancouver instead of patients having to travel to these communities for tests, Telfer says.

She says the quilt and coffee table being raffled have a combined value of more than $1,500.

The beautiful queen sized quilt was donated by the Cariboo Piecemakers quilting club. The large cedar coffee table was donated by Pioneer Log Homes of B.C.

While the table is difficult to move around, volunteers will be out and about at various locations around the city during November and December displaying the quilt and collecting donations. They will have the quilt at Walmart on Nov. 10, 11, and 12.

The draw will be made at the Seniors Activity Centre at noon on Dec. 15.

The Hough Memorial Cancer Society has been raising funds to purchase cancer detection equipment for Cariboo Memorial Hospital since 1972.

Telfer says the society holds a lunch meeting on the Tuesday of each month at the Seniors Activity Centre from noon to 1 p.m and always welcomes new members.

Many people donate regularly to the Hough Memorial Cancer Society because they know that having modern cancer detection equipment at the local hospital reduces the need for people to travel out of town for tests and treatment, Telfer adds.