A symbol of hope, light and togetherness has arrived at Penticton Regional Hospital just in time for Christmas.
The Tree of Dreams, a 30’ Christmas tree gifted by John Pankiw, was first seen on Thursday at the hospital to kick off the 16th annual SOS Medical Foundation Campaign.
Pankiw’s generosity in donating the tree was inspired by his admiration for the city’s regional hospital.
“Along with the residents of Penticton and surrounding communities, I feel so grateful that we have our wonderful new hospital,” he said in a statement. “Hopefully, the Christmas Tree will be a long-lasting addition that symbolizes our togetherness now and for many years to come.”
The Tree of Dreams, located on the southeast rooftop of the David Kampe Tower, was described as a symbol of hope and togetherness by the SOS Medical Foundation.
“Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Pankiw, all can enjoy this beautiful spectacle of light and colours as we celebrate the 16th Annual Tree of Dreams,” said Sally Ginter, the CEO of the SOS Medical Foundation.
The focus of this year’s campaign by the SOS Medical Foundation is on meeting critical needs, enabling research and enabling communities.
When it comes to enabling communities, specifically, the foundation’s mission is to support the South Okanagan Health Care Auxiliary’s Oliver thrift store expansion, which will generate funds for a range of services in Oliver and the surrounding communities.
To donate, the SOS Medical Foundation asks that you visit sosmedicalfoundation.com or call 250-492-9027.