Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Projects: Turn on Your Porch Light for Peace Arch Hospital

Turn on Your Porch Light for Peace Arch Hospital

Campaign Update: Al & Debbie Arbuthnot will MATCH every donation up to $50,000!

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A Brief Porch Light Campaign History

Back in the late 1940s, the BC government stipulated that in order for Peace Arch Hospital to be built, the community must contribute $150,000, which was a lot of money in that time.

Two locals — Dorothy Blades and Alice Murray — went door-to-door asking women in our community to join them in forming a hospital auxiliary to help with raising money. Once the auxiliary was established, fundraising took off. One of many events to raise funds were the monthly Porch Light Nights: a night where community members would flick on their porch lights to let canvassers know that they had a donation to give.

In 1951, Amy Weatherby donated more than 5 acres of land which became the site for Peace Arch Hospital. Her generosity helped pave the way for quality health care close to home for White Rock and South Surrey residents. Today, as Peace Arch Hospital continues to expand to meet the needs of our growing community, especially during a crisis like a pandemic, we continue to rely on generous donors like Amy Weatherby and every donor who gave what they could for Porch Light Nights. It is the spirit of giving that has existed in this community for more than 70 years.

Today, and in that same spirit, we hope that you will join with us and symbolically ‘turn on your porch light’ for Peace Arch Hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund by making an online donation. Not only will your donation be matched up to $50,000, you will be honouring the rich history of our community and helping supply Peace Arch Hospital with the funds it needs to purchase any critical equipment, medical devices, or additional necessities for our frontline heroes.

Peace Arch Hospital truly wouldn’t exist today without the support of our generous community. We’re all in this together!

"Streets were not paved and the stairs to get to houses on the hillside were very rickety. There were few people who had much money so donations were small, often just a dollar. They gave what they could and did it so willingly.”
Ellen Kennett, Donor

Support Peace Arch Hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund by making an online donation.