Wine tasting at TRU helps hospital

A total of 17 B.C. wineries will be participating in the third annual Wine Tasting fundraiser for Cariboo Memorial Hospital Saturday.

A total of 17 B.C. wineries will be participating in the third annual Wine Tasting fundraiser for Cariboo Memorial Hospital this Saturday evening.

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

Tickets are $55 and available in advance at RE/MAX.

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

The wine tasting is a fundraiser for the Cariboo Foundation 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 the 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.

Nelson says replacing the 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 consultation.

So far the Hospital Trust, with help from the community, has raised $400,000 for the new unit. Approximately 2,500 mammogram scans are done at CMH annually.