A tradition since the beginning of Canuck Place, the 2013 Lighting of the House took place on Wednesday evening. Hundreds gathered together to take part in the lighting of the children’s hospice.
The annual tradition spreads joy to the children and families who rely on Canuck Place programs and services throughout the year. The lighting brings the magic of the holiday season to the children and their families, and brings light to their lives.
The 60,000 lights were put up by over 40 Canucks staff and employees – in just one day!
Flipping the switch to light up the house was the Veuger family, who participated in memory of their son Matthew who passed away in 2011 at the age of three.
On hand for the celebration were donors, partners of the Hospice, members of Canuck Sports & Entertainment, children and families of the house and many others. B.C. Minister of Health Terry Lake and local MLA Andrew Wilkinson were also in attendance representing the provincial government.
For a minimum $5 donation, you can light up one light. Funds raised will help Canuck Place continue the services and programs required year-round. If you make a donation before December 31, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.
While the Hospice (1690 Matthews Avenue in Vancouver) isn’t open to the public, you are able to see the the lights from outside the gates.
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