Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation has been overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors this past year. The commitment and kindness of our community has been truly outstanding.
A staggering $5.8 million was raised for the HOPES RISING campaign, in support of a renovated Mental Health unit, and improved emergency care for people in a mental health crisis. Plans are underway for these extensive renovations to begin at Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) over the coming months.
The Advancing Surgery campaign was launched, to upgrade QCH’s 11 surgical suites. Thanks to our generous donors, we already have 3 surgical suites funded, and we look forward to having other donors join them in the months ahead. Tens of thousands of patients rely on QCH’s surgical teams each year. With a growing west Ottawa population, our services are in demand now more than ever. To ensure we meet this growing need, and continue to advance surgery and patient care for our community, it is essential that we have the best and latest surgical equipment and technologies, to reduce wait times, build capacity and improve outcomes for our patients.
In March, the Foundation launched its COVID-19 Fund in support of urgently needed equipment and other hospital priorities. The response has been tremendous. In three months, our amazing donors have helped raise over $500,000 in support of this critical fund, in addition to donating generous gifts of food, PPE and essential supplies, and sending in personal heartwarming messages of thanks and encouragement for our hospital and frontline workers.
The Foundation hosted a number of successful events this past year, helping us engage both current and new donor audiences.
In early September, the Foundation hosted a special breakfast at the Marshes Golf Club, Ottawa, to welcome back and introduce Dr. Andrew Falconer as the hospital’s new QCH President and CEO, to our donors and supporters. Great discussions were had, and excellent questions posed around the current changes and challenges in healthcare for our community, and QCH’s role as a regional healthcare leader.
In September, 450 guests and 50 volunteers gathered at Saunders Farm, Ottawa for Harvesting Hope at the Farm, the third and final fundraising gala in support of the HOPES RISING campaign. Thanks to our amazing donors, the farm was plenty bountiful, with an outstanding $465,000 raised in support of mental healthcare at QCH. From pumpkin patches, plaid shirts, cowboy boots and tassels, to country music, wild auction bidding and powerful patient stories, this was definitely an evening to remember.
In November, the Foundation was thrilled to host its first Women In Philanthropy Voting and Celebration Event at the Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa. The purpose of this event was to celebrate a successful first year for this unique program, and to give members the opportunity to choose much-needed equipment to collectively fund for 2019. After hearing three very compelling pitches from our hospital team, members voted to fund a new bladder scanner and a mechanical ventilator for QCH patients. This exciting initiative brings together like-minded women in our community who want to help transform healthcare for Ottawa and our region.
In December, Séan McCann, founder of Great Big Sea, performed a special Christmas Concert at the Algonquin Commons Theatre in support of the HOPES RISING Campaign. Séan was joined onstage for the night by some of Ottawa’s finest and favourite musicians. An amazing evening of caring, sharing, and uplifting singing and music was had with an audience of 500 plus.
The response and support overall from our community this past year has been truly remarkable. We are incredibly grateful to you, our donors, for your continued generosity. From your investment in our current fundraising campaigns, to your ongoing help purchasing much-needed medical equipment, your support has meant
the world to us.
Community funding is the solution. Our government provides operating money to our hospital, but funding for new equipment is dependent upon financial support from our donors. Our patients rely on you, our generous community, to support these vital needs. Thanks to you, QCH can continue to invest in healthcare excellence for our community, and save even more lives!
We could not do what we do without you. Thank you!