The event kicks off the lighting of tribute bulbs on the Christmas tree outside the hospital, lit in memory of loved ones, special times or to acknowledge the work of health care professionals
Along with greetings by dignitaries, there was a cake cutting, a Christmas poem and caroling by local Guides, Brownies and Sparks.
Jerry Pike, chairman of the Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation’s board of directors, said the initiative has become a tradition in the community.
“We acknowledge that while Christmas is a time of joy, a time of love and cheer, it is also a time of sadness and loss for those remembering those who are no longer here,” he said.
Project sponsor Newfoundland Power will be helping promote the campaign once again and pledge cards will be distributed with monthly statements.
The tree will remain lit until Old Christmas Day on Jan. 6.
Funds raised this year will go towards the chemotherapy unit upgrade at the hospital, though donations can be made to any health project.
Individuals and their families, schools, organizations and businesses are being encouraged to organize a group campaign pledge.