2019 Teddy Bear Campaign flies past fundraising target

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More than $32,000 raised for pediatric patient care equipment

Once again, the KGH Auxiliary at the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has shot past its fundraising goal for its annual Teddy Bear Campaign, raising more than $32,600—well beyond its $25,000 target—to purchase carbon dioxide monitors for the KHSC Pediatrics program.                                         

Most of the sponsored toy bears have now been delivered to Pediatric areas at our KGH site (Emergency Department, Burr 4 Adolescent Mental Health, Child Life, Obstetrics, NICU, Sexual Assault Domestic Violence), Hotel Dieu Hospital site (KidsInclusive for Child & Youth Development) and the Weeneebayko Hospital in Moose Factory.

“We’re grateful to everyone who sponsored a bear, and also for the support of Royal Canadian Legion 560 and the Ladies Auxiliary to RCL 560 who provided the funds to purchase the bears and cover all the various campaign expenses,” says campaign co-chair Heather Breck.

Also helping with the bottom line was the Auxiliary’s annual Photos with Santa project, which raised $1280 for the Teddy Bear Campaign. Special thanks go to the Auxiliary's always-popular Santa, Ron Manor, and to Matthew Manor, Digital and Creative Projects Advisor in Strategy Management and Communications, for his work behind the camera. 

Breck also acknowledged the support of several local Legions, Sydenham Public School, Frontenac Secondary School, Mother Theresa Catholic School and the Frontenac Fury Girls Hockey Association for raising large amounts to support the campaign.

“We deeply appreciate everyone’s continuing enthusiastic support for the annual Teddy Bear Campaign,” she says.  “It supports our youngest patients by ensuring they have the best patient care equipment and by providing them with the comfort of a cuddly teddy bear when they need it most.”