A tiny yellow “sunshine” bead. That was one of many achievements at Children’s Health Foundation in 2015.
This special bead was an addition to our Bravery Beads program, which inspires young patients going through tough times. It also honoured the many contributions of the Optimist Clubs of Southwestern Ontario, which have funded the program since its inception. A small thing perhaps, but very important to patients and families, care providers, and donors.
At the other end of the spectrum were transformational gifts, such as a $1 million donation to support the Women’s and Children’s Simulation Training Program. In between were countless contributions, large and small – expressions of compassion, generosity, and love.
Every gift to the Foundation supports our health care partners – Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Thames Valley Children’s Centre and Children’s Health Research Institute. In turn, they help kids with care, rehabilitation and new knowledge. Whether it was support for Ollie the Therapeutic Clown, a piece of hightech equipment, or a research project that makes care better, every gift had an impact on children and their families.
On behalf of the Board, staff, and our partners, our heartfelt thank you to our donors, sponsors, volunteers, advocates, and fundraising partners. Thank you for making children’s health a priority. Thank you for trusting us to use the money you raise where it will do the most good. Thank you for your hard work, commitment and vision.
What’s ahead? Exciting times! Our health care partners need our help more than ever. In the year ahead, the Foundation will develop a new strategic plan to support transformational change. We will reach into and learn from our community. We will strengthen the partnerships we have, and build new ones across the region. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them.
A special thank you to our patient and family ambassadors. They inspire generosity by sharing their stories. You’ll read about some of them in this document. Their stories remind us that we’re all about the kids.