Highland Fling helps save lives
Canada’s 150th birthday was recently celebrated at the 35th annual Highland Fling at the Amherst Curling Club.
“It’s lots of fun. The volunteers really enjoy it and there’s lots of kids this year,” said Vicki Daley, a member of the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary Highland Fling committee. “We’re thrilled with the turnout.”
The event featured 30 vendors, many with a Canada 150 theme.
“We have an RCMP officer dressed in the Red Serge at the First Baptist Youth Group photo booth where people can get their photo taken,” said Daley.
Because it’s the Fling’s 35th anniversary, the committee hoped to raise $35,000, with the money going toward the purchase a cryotome, an important piece of surgical equipment used at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.
“The piece of equipment we currently have is coming to the end of its life,” said Daley. “It’s a very valuable piece of equipment and minimizes the need for having more than one surgery.”
A cryotome is used in surgeries including thyroid cancer, skin cancer and general surgery.
“It tells the doctor whether the cancer has been removed and it is also a valuable diagnostic tool,” said Daley.
Daley thanked all the volunteers and vendors who helped make the 35th fling a success.
“All these individuals and charities raise money for the hospital,” she said. “They all have their own causes but for this day they come out and raise money for the hospital. It truly is a community event.”
Dr. Brian Ferguson helps three-year-old Ella Zollner hear the heartbeat of her stuffed elephant while her grandmother, Sharon Skinner, looks on. Kids recently lined up at the Highland Fling to get their stuffed animals examined by Dr. Ferguson.