September 17, 2012
Women’s College Hospital (WCH) celebrated the Caribbean Carnival Kick-Off with Toronto Police Services on July 14 – a day full of music, food and games centred on the theme Strengthening Community Ties.
The proceeds raised from a charity barbeque, silent auction and raffle were generously donated to WCH’s Association of Volunteers. These funds will be put toward the association’s $1 million pledge for WCH’s new building.
“The event celebrates the cultural heritage of the Caribbean and at Women’s College Hospital we couldn’t be more delighted to be part of such a diverse event,” said director of primary care, Jennifer Dockery, at the Caribbean Carnival Kick-Off. “We welcome all members of the community and ensure we provide the highest quality care for everyone.”
Highlights of the day included an inspiring speech about giving back to the community by Scarborough native Orlando Franklin of the Denver Broncos as well as bright, colourful Caribbean costumes worn by attendees as they danced to the music of local singers and a steel drum band.
Six WCH youth volunteers along with Association of Volunteers co-presidents Darleen Bogart and Caroline Grose represented the hospital and manned the prize table.
“The Toronto Police Services are happy to help a hospital that provides accessible and innovative health-care services to the entire community,” said Inspector Chris Fernandes, unit commander of Divisional Policing Support Unit. “We are happy to support the work of the dedicated staff, physicians and volunteers at Women’s College Hospital.”
On Sept. 6, Grose and Bogart visited Toronto Police Services once again to accept a cheque for over $1,800.
“We are honoured that Women’s College Hospital was selected as a fundraising recipient,” said Bogart. “We had a wonderful time at the Caribbean Carnival and the generous donation will be used toward building our new state-of-the-art facility.”
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event and helped make it such a successful and memorable day.