Running, reaching out and giving back
Sandra Mclean is the proud mother of Kloé, a little girl born with esophageal atresia. For the past two years, she has been investing her heart and her energy into giving back to the medical team that saved her daughter’s life.
With her spouse, brother and team of about 30 participants, she takes part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, thus combining her passion for running with her pledge to help the Sainte-Justine esophageal atresia clinic. So far, she has managed to raise over $120,000 to meet the department’s needs.
“Run, mummy, run!” That’s the little voice that pushes her to do what she can to support families coping with this congenital defect and to further research in the field.
When you can turn a pediatric disease into a springboard for community action, that’s a good sign that your selfless efforts are bearing fruit!
J.P. Metal America Children’s Foundation
A first-time fundraising gala with heart
The J.P. Metal America Children’s Foundation, created by the Paventi family, teamed up with the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation this year for the very first “J’adore ton cœur” fundraising gala.
Some 400 guests gathered together at Club de Golf Métropolitain on September 18, 2015, for an opulent evening of palate-pleasing gourmet indulgences, raising an impressive $202,000 for Sainte-Justine’s cardiology department as a result. These proceeds will go toward the acquisition of optical coherence tomography (OCT) equipment.
OCT technology will be especially helpful to young heart transplant recipients and children living with Kawasaki disease. With it, Sainte-Justine will continue to be an authority in the treatment of pediatric coronary artery disease and Kawasaki disease and take its expertise to the next level in order to improve the quality of care on an ongoing basis.
Our sincere thanks go out to the J.P. Metal America Children’s Foundation.
Femmes de tête, femmes de choeur
Time, talent and thoughtfulness
The Femmes de tête, femmes de choeur project was inspired by last year’s Sing for Sainte-Justine with Céline Dion contest. It was spearheaded by Annie Lemieux and singer Judith Bérard, with Fondation Mélio director Catherine Sévigny at the project helm.
Together, they worked their magic and persuaded 50 women from the business community to lift their voices in song in order to record a holiday-themed CD (Du fond du choeur) and put on a benefit concert at the Parquet of Centre CDP Capital. The album and the November 30 performance were under the musical direction of Judith Bérard herself.
In the final tally, these gifted, generous contributors raised in excess of $175,000 (surpassing their initial goal by $25,000) for the children of Sainte-Justine and the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre.
Thank you to these wonderful women for singing and giving straight from their hearts.
Hamfit Challenge for Sainte-Justine
Strength, endurance and perseverance – all for the kids of Sainte-Justine
Since December 2011, Jonathan Hamel, the owner of Centre de Kinésiologie Hamfit, and his team have been organizing friendly training challenges adapted to all fitness levels in a fun, high-energy setting.
Participants are divided up into teams of two men and two women. Each team member is asked to make a minimum donation of $10, with all proceeds going to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. During the 8th and 9th edition of the Hamfit Challenge for Sainte-Justine in 2015, more than 500 people signed up, for a total donation of nearly $45,000.
“Everyone is so considerate and generous. I feel honoured to have the chance to share my passion for physical activity and fitness with an extraordinary group of people who have pledged their support to such a great cause,” says Jonathan.
Thank you to the entire team and everyone who participated in the challenge. Together, you are showing the world that generosity is the most powerful force of all.
Kurling for Kids
Over $1 million “swept in” to date
“I’ll be in Sainte-Justine’s debt my whole life for saving our daughter.” Robert Sears feels compelled to give back to Sainte-Justine – so compelled that he has raised over $1 million for the hospital thus far. The first Kurling for Kids tournament he organized brought in just over $6,000. This year, with 11 curling clubs in on the action, more than $1,000 was turned over to Sainte-Justine, bringing the total donations to date to over $2 million, given equally between the two Montreal pediatric hospitals.
More than 700 curlers signed up for this 17th edition to show their love of the sport and for the children of Sainte-Justine. Their generosity made it possible to acquire a practice dummy to train medical teams to recognize a wide range of physical and neurological symptoms, as well as a video laryngoscope, which provides a clear, real-time view of airways for quick intubation.
Thank you to all those who have moved mountains to ensure that our young patients have access to the best in pediatric medicine.
The personification of community engagement
Anna Baggio has made it her personal mission to bring Montreal’s Italian community together every year in a show of support for children’s health and wellness. The benefit dinner she organizes with the help of several dozen volunteers has become a true annual tradition in Little Italy. In the past 17 years, she has raised more than $64,000 for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
Her promise to youngsters in need of medical care is this: “I’ll keep doing it for as long as I have the energy.” Her dream? For her own children to follow in her footsteps and keep the tradition alive for many years to come.
Thank you, Anna, for your enduring commitment to our kids!