On Friday, March 6, the Caribbean Philanthropic Council hosted the second annual Caribbean Winter Carnival in support of Scarborough Health Network Foundation. The intimate gathering of 160 raised more than $5,000 net for the Nephrology Department at SHN. Guests enjoyed the spoken word of Ms. Letna, tasted the different flavours of the islands, and partook in the silent auction, all while celebrating Caribbean culture.
“I would like to recognize members of the Caribbean Philanthropic Council, who have been the driving force behind this event. Thank you all for volunteering your time and help SHN shape the future of health in Scarborough,“ shared Alicia Vandermeer, SHN Foundation’s President and CEO. “We appreciate and are inspired by your commitment to our hospitals.”
The Caribbean Philanthropic Council was first formed in 2004 to bring awareness on how to prevent diseases prevalent in the Caribbean community while also helping fund health care in Scarborough. The community hopes to help spread awareness and raise funds for critical equipment and needs within the hospitals, with a focus on the Nephrology department at SHN to help bring to light the high-risk of diabetes within the Caribbean community.
The Nephrology department serves more than 6,000 patients every year and is considered one of the largest regional Nephrology programs in Canada. To address the community’s rapidly growing demand, SHN is looking to establish the first-ever hub – the Bridletowne Neighborhood Centre – that will help increase our capacity for Scarborough’s aging and diverse community and also help foster a healthier shift in lifestyle in Scarborough.
SHN Foundation is grateful for the tremendous passion and commitment from the Caribbean Philanthropic Council on continuously supporting SHN and the Scarborough community.
You can view photos of the event by visiting our Facebook page.