WCH CONNECTJune 24, 2019

SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women raises $230,000 for the Women’s Mental Health Program!

  • June 24, 2019
  • BY Emily Dontsos

On Saturday, June 8, over 1,600 community members came together at the Toronto SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women, raising a record-breaking $230,000 in support of Women’s College Hospital’s world-leading Women’s Mental Health Program.

Supporting Women’s College Hospital for the past seven years, the Run for Women has raised a total of $830,000 toward the Women’s Mental Health Program – the largest research and clinical program of its kind in Canada.

The event’s pre-race ceremony was hosted by MC Meredith Shaw of 104.5 CHUM FM, and we were thrilled to welcome Minister Carolyn Bennett and Running Room president John Stanton to help kick off the run.

Dr. Simone Vigod, chief of the department of psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital, participated in the event and spoke to the crowd about the impact of their support. She was joined on stage by Heather McPherson, WCH president and CEO, and Jennifer Bernard, WCH Foundation president and CEO, to receive the cheque presented by Shoppers Drug Mart representatives and WCH champions Christine Singh and Adriana Palazzo.

Jennifer Bernard says that the community’s support fuels innovation and helps the Women’s Mental Health Program reach women well beyond the walls of the hospital. “We’re so grateful to have such a passionate community that believes in the mission and vision of Women’s College Hospital and continues to support this important event, which has a national impact to help drive forward a healthier and more equitable world for everyone,” she says. “We extend our heartfelt thanks to Shoppers Drug Mart for their leadership, the runners and our community for their incredible commitment.”

The Women’s Mental Health Program has approximately 20,000 patient visits each year from women across the GTA and beyond. Thanks to generous support from the community and funds raised at events like the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women, this number will continue to grow as the program rolls out more virtual initiatives that strive to help women access expert care in their own communities and transform the way women’s mental healthcare is being delivered.

In addition to Shoppers Drug Mart’s generous support of WCH through the Run for Women, the company has contributed nearly $3 million to the hospital through a range of corporate sponsorships, philanthropic investments and other fundraising initiatives.

Click here to view photos from this year's Run for Women!

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