The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO) Director of Community Engagement says the money from Fat Les’s recent fundraiser is going towards “urgent needs”.
Sylvia Blanchard says children’s hospitals need a wide variety of specialized equipment because they deal with patients as small as premature babies and as large as fully-grown teenagers.
“The government simply doesn’t have the budget to be able to provide us with the amount of funding needed for that level of customized support,” says Blanchard. “And that is why every donation, and every dollar raised by the community, makes an enormous difference.”
Blanchard says the money donated by Les Winters, the owner of the popular “Fat Les’s” chain of restaurants and chip trucks in our region, will go towards some of those items, including a new scale precise enough to weigh infants.
She says community support from these events is essential to keeping CHEO up and running.
“It’s always a great reminder that CHEO was founded by a group of volunteers from the local community over 45 years ago, and that same spirit of community support has continued to this day, ranging from corporate and private events to barbecues, galas, lemonade stands, and sporting tournaments,” she says.
“CHEO would not exist without community support, and it is because of fundraisers like this one by Fat Les’ that CHEO is able to continue to provide the best possible care to every single child that comes through our doors.”