Mammography unit fundraising in Williams Lake reaches $300,000

Fundraising for the new digital mammography machine for Cariboo Memorial Hospital is now at the half-way point.

The Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust’s formal Evening in Paris gala held in November raised a total of $44,000 toward the purchase of a new digital mammography machine for Cariboo Memorial Hospital, says trust co-chair Rick Nelson.

He says the fundraising has now reached just over $300,000 which is half way to raising the community’s share of $600,000 to purchase the million dollar piece of equipment.

He says 2,500 mammography scans are done each year at Cariboo Memorial Hospital which will make the upgraded piece of equipment a valuable asset to the hospital.

He says there was a great turn-out for the gala with 235 people in attendance and great support for the auction from local businesses. While cash donations were down a bit this year he says auction numbers were way up.

“The food and dancing were really good and people are already asking if they can get tickets for next year,” Nelson says. “We are very pleased with the community’s response. It is becoming an event people want to attend.”

He notes all money donated to the hospital trust stays locally.