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Campaign lighting up lives at Northumberland Hills Hospital

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

The Northumberland Hills Foundation's Light Up A Life campaign, launched Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at Northumberland Hills Hospital and headed up by Dr. Allison Collins, (L) is joining with the re-vamed Reindeer Run/Walk spearheaded by (Elf) Anne Sauve and her mascot, olus a tree-cuting opportunity during the upcoming Spry Family Christmas Tree Event, to raise a million dollars over the next four years. The money is to replace electronic medicine dispensing machines like this one pictured here.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

The Northumberland Hills Foundation's Light Up A Life campaign, launched Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at Northumberland Hills Hospital and headed up by Dr. Allison Collins, (L) is joining with the re-vamed Reindeer Run/Walk spearheaded by (Elf) Anne Sauve and her mascot, olus a tree-cuting opportunity during the upcoming Spry Family Christmas Tree Event, to raise a million dollars over the next four years. The money is to replace electronic medicine dispensing machines like this one pictured here.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

COBOURG -- For the 24th year in a row, the Light Up a Life Campaign will raise money for equipment in a Cobourg hospital.

Launched Wednesday by the Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) Foundation, this year's letter fundraising request to 5,500 people seeks to raise $1-million over four years, Foundation executive director Rhonda Cunningham said during a media conference at the hospital.

She introduced Dr. Allison Collins who is heading up this year's campaign and the doctor explained that the money is to buy new versions of electronic medication-dispensing medication that is very important for patients.

The equipment is very important for safety reasons because it handles all kinds of medications including opioids, she said.

"NHH first introduced this medication system, 14 years ago when we moved into our present hospital site," states a Hospital Foundation media release.

"Since that time, technology has advanced significantly, and new features have been introduced. Our technology has reached its end of life, and soon will no longer be supported, so it is imperative we upgrade our system."

There will be two additional events helping to support the replacement of this technology: a Christmas tree event that is up coming (watch for more details) and the YMCA's Reindeer Walk/Run taking place Dec. 2. One hundred percent of funds from the former and 50% from the later will go into the campaign coffers, Cunningham said.

The Reindeer Walk/Run is "revitalized" this year with two specific events for kids: 5 and under chasing Rudolph the Reindeer; and teens/teams chased by him in the 1-kilometre Reindeer Dash (starting at 9:30 a.m. and 9:45, respectively, on Dec. 2. These take place before the family and adult and seniors run/walk over three and five kilometres, walk director, Anne Sauve, explained at the media conference.

Sign up before the event at the YMCA on Elgin Street or on the day of the run/walk starting from Centennial Pool at 42 Charles St., Cobourg.

The cost is $40 for a family, $20 for an individual and $10 for seniors 60 and older, plus other categories including $50 for a team of 10.

With a mascot and plans for a reception and prizes afterwards, Sauve says the intent is to support the hospital's equipment needs and increase participation in the walk.

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