For the Scarborough Muslim Community, Family Day takes on an extra significance each year. Not only is this holiday a terrific occasion to spend quality time with cherished loved ones, but it has also become an annual opportunity to show up and show support for the future of healthcare at Scarborough Health Network through the Family Day Walk-a-Thon.
First conceived as part of a collective fundraising effort driven by more than 20 local community mosques led by Asad Chowdhury and his committee, the Family Day Walk-a-Thon is the central initiative meant to deliver on a pledge to raise $250,000 total over five years in support for exceptional care, cutting-edge infrastructure, and state-of-the-art medical technology at SHN. This year, on February 16, more than 150 people came together at SHN’s Centenary hospital in spite of the chilly weather to lace up and give back – and as a result, more than $30,000 was raised as part of the 2019 Walk-a-Thon. The event was attended not only by members of the community, but also by government leaders such as MP Salma Zahid, MP Shaun Chen, Councillor Jennifer McKelvieand cultural leaders such as Trustee Zakir Patel, Sk. Yusuf Badat, and Abdul Hai Patel.
With the most recent event’s fundraising total included, the Scarborough Muslim Community has now reached more than $128,000 towards their overall $250,000 pledge in one year alone.
As always, Scarborough Health Network Foundation is grateful and considers itself very fortunate to have the tireless support of groups such as the Scarborough Muslim Community behind us as we work to shape the future of care for our community. With each passing year, not only will the Walk-a-Thon allow us to raise more funds for critical health care initiatives at SHN, but also will enable us to grow our community of support, inviting others to join us as we work to serve the needs of Scarborough.