With a simple vision of healthier children and a better world, everyone at SickKids is fighting the same battle: to make every kid a healthy kid.
Sick Kids Hospital is fighting to save lives, to find new cures and to provide world-class care to children across Canada and around the world.
That fight comes at a cost, and that cost is borne by fundraisers like Kash Toor of Bradford’s Mortgage Partners Corporation.
For the last three years, Toor has sponsored an annual hockey tournament around the holiday season to raise funds for Sick Kids Hospital.
“This year is our third annual Hockey for Sick Kids fundraiser,” said Toor of the Dec. 21st game.
“We do it to promote fundraising for Sick Kids from a small town like Bradford and show them that we can do it just as big as any other town,” he said.
While Toor secured the ice time, door prizes and refreshments, player organizer José Jesus got the skates on the ice.
“I play pickup hockey here with a bunch of guys and at the end of the year we have a break. I got the guys together and we thought, let’s have a charity event, and what better charity than Sick Kids Hospital,” said Jesus.
“We all have kids and we never know when we’re going to need Sick Kids. Most of the guys are from Bradford and they just come out to support a good cause,” he continued.
It was a tight game, blue jerseys versus white, with BWG Deputy Mayor on hand for the official puck drop.
Fast action on the ice kept the score close throughout the game, but in the end, the blue team took home the win with a final score of 8-7.
“I’m very proud to be here today to help support this fundraising event for Sick Kids Hospital. I think it’s wonderful for all the kids in Ontario and it’s great to see these gentlemen out here doing this for our community,” said Leduc.
Hockey night in Bradford appears to have been a success.
“The totals haven’t been calculated yet, but we’re on track to raise a few thousand dollars for Sick Kids,” said Toor.
Sick Kids Hospital believes that “fighting for the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society” and that they “wouldn’t be a world-renowned hospital if not for the support of the thousands of people who organize, attend, and support our fundraising events.”
“If you want to support someone raising funds for SickKids … you’ll feel great knowing you’re helping to defeat childhood illness and disease.”