Volunteers To Construct 10th Anniversary Light Display Saturday

Vancouver, November 2, 2007 — More than 100 volunteers are expected to gather at St. Paul's Hospital bright and early this Saturday morning (Nov. 3rd) to construct the 10th anniversary Lights of Hope display.
Most of the men and women who will be working high on the cherry picker trucks or scaling the rungs of the scaffolding are busy construction workers who are giving up a precious day off to volunteer their time and expertise. Some have been volunteering for nine years. Given BC's current construction boom, it's very valuable time indeed.

The construction of the display is a massive undertaking involving nets of lights, six-storey “trees” of lights and more than 400 stars. The materials are also donated to the hospital as part of the Lights of Hope fundraising campaign. Since the beginning of Lights of Hope in 1998, the enthusiasm and skill of the Lights of Hope Logistics Committee volunteers. Members include construction and electrical experts as well as an architect and the owner of a lighting company and they have more than quadrupled the size and scope of the display. The Committee members also come out to volunteer on construction day.

Along the way, these experts have had to overcome some unique challenges that go along with erecting a large light display on an elderly hospital with a brick facade to which nothing can be mechanically attached. (This particular challenge was solved by designing a scaffolding framework to hold the stars and creating lighting nets that can be hauled up from the ground and fastened on the roof.) Companies and individuals make donations to the Lights of Hope fundraising campaign to have their names included on the finished display.

This year's fundraising goal is $2.1 million in support of medical equipment, research and patient care at St. Paul's Hospital. There's still time for donors to get their names on the 2007 Lights of Hope display, which will light up for the first time on November 16. Call 604-662-HOPE to find out more or visit www.helpstpauls.com

If you plan to come out to cover construction day on Saturday, it's best to arrive before 11 a.m. as the construction starts at dawn and finishes by late morning.
Please direct all media calls to Anne McLaughlin: 604-788-0018 (cell); 604-806-8917 (office direct); e-mail amclaughlin@providencehealth.bc.ca