Canada’s women’s soccer coach will visit Sarnia

John Herdman will be keynote at Bluewater Health Foundation gala fundraiser

The coach of Canada’s women’s Olympic soccer team will headline this year’s Bluewater Health Foundation gala to take place on October 13 at the Holiday Inn.

John Herdman, who is leading the squad at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, also coached the team to bronze at the 2012 Games in London. The team also earned gold at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico under his leadership.

“There’s so much excitement surrounding the women’s soccer team and Mr. Herdman due to their extraordinary efforts thus far at the Olympics,” said Kathy Alexander, executive director of the Bluewater Health Foundation. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him to Sarnia-Lambton fresh off of what very well could be a major win at Rio de Janeiro.”

The event, which includes a five-course meal, live auction and music, is intended to raise funds for a new CT scanner.

The machine, which replaces an existing machine that’s 11 years old, will produce more detailed 3D images for diagnostic purposes.

“Having this new and upgraded CT scanner will enable scans to be completed at a fraction of the time they currently take,” Dr. Youssef Almalki, medical director of the hospital’s department of diagnostic imaging, said.

Galas like the one that will take place in October have generated more than $160,000 has been raised for various Bluewater Health initiatives and departments through the foundation’s gala since 2013.

Gala tickets are $250 each and can be purchased at the Bluewater Health Foundation office or by calling (519) 464-4408. Each ticket includes a charitable tax receipt for $100.

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