It was a fun-filled day in Scarborough as the team from Fairchild Radio descended upon Scarborough Health Network’s General location on June 6 to host the Fairchild Radiothon in support of SHN Foundation – but more than that, it was also an opportunity to be inspired by the immense level of support demonstrated by the Chinese-speaking community. Donors came from far-and-wide with their own unique stories – one donor is a 38-year employee at SHN, one made a gift in honour of her husband who had worked at the hospital, and one gentleman even travelled four hours by public bus from Etobicoke to make a $500 gift in person.
Thanks to the generosity of donors like these, and the many others who gave during the event, more than $136,000 was raised in just over 12 hours. The Radiothon was broadcast live in both Cantonese and Mandarin as gifts were made by phone, in person or online to help fund the purchase of much-needed medical equipment across the Birchmount, General and Centenary hospitals.
“Every donation collected today is going towards medical equipment and other priorities that our staff and physicians need to deliver exceptional health care to Scarborough’s patients,” shared Michael Mazza, president and CEO of SHN Foundation, on-air during the event. “The Fairchild Radiothon is just one of many ways we hope to better engage with the Chinese community here in Scarborough while raising the funds needed to shape the future of care for all patients within our community.”
Over the course of the day, Fairchild Radio conducted interviews with patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and donors to gather their stories about the excellent work currently underway at SHN. This included Dr. Jason Fung, kidney specialist and renowned author of The Complete Guide to Fasting and The Obesity Code; Dr. Ying Lu, chief ophthalmologist out of the Eye Centre at SHN’s Birchmount hospital; and Gary Kwok, president of M&S Quality Produce and champion Canadian race car driver who recently donated more than $36,000 for the purchase of a Sonosite Point of Care Ultrasound Machine.
“With the help of SHN Foundation and events such as the Fairchild Radiothon, we are building upon our hospitals’ existing excellence to create more capacity for SHN to serve the people of Scarborough with exceptional health care,” said Elizabeth Buller, SHN president and CEO. “Our vision is to become Canada’s leading community teaching health network, and our community pledging their support behind us, I am confident that we can achieve this. Together, we will build the modern and efficient health care infrastructure that Scarborough patients need and deserve over the next 10, 20, 30 years and beyond.”
Learn more about supporting Scarborough Health Network Foundation at SupportSHN.ca