CHARITABLE GIVING AND PHILANTHROPIC INITIATIVES
This event, in support of People with ALS and ALS research funded by Sunnybrook Hospital, saw tandem skydiving by Derek Walton, a person with ALS. We were pleased to be a corporate sponsor of this event that celebrates Derek’s achievements and his commitment to “remain positive and totally committed to raising both awareness and funds to find a cure for this disease”. For more information, to we Derek’s website at www.waltoncureforals.ca
Made in recognition of the strong affiliation between the health and educational services provided to their patients and clients – as well as the work of Osteoporosis Canada, this is the most significant donation from a small organization ever received by Osteoporosis Canada and they were touched by the choice.
At Closing the Gap, we work with many osteoporosis patients to rehabilitate them, educate them about the role of diet and exercise within osteoporosis management, and empower them through teaching and health promotion initiatives. “Apart from our shared commitment to ensuring that the best treatment options are available to individuals living with osteoporosis, I am happy to see our two organizations joining together in the common goal of closing care gaps for people living with osteoporosis.” – Julie Foley, President and CEO, Osteoporosis Canada.
In an innovative step to close the gap between those who can afford technology for education and those who can’t, the Regent Park Community Health Centre in Toronto created The Pathways to Education ProgramTM. Designed to facilitate young people from at-risk and/or economically disadvantaged communities reach their full potential, the program works with them to ensure they get to school, stay in school, graduate and move on to post-secondary programs. Closing The Gap was privileged to donate 10 refurbished computers complete with MS Office to this inspiring organization.
In 2008 the staff of Simcoe County’s Closing The Gap office chose to make their annual donation recipient The United Way of Greater Simcoe County -a local community organization that often touches the lives of both our clients and our own families.
The United Way of Greater Simcoe County Community Fund supports five key priorities that are in keeping with Closing The Gap’s own corporate beliefs:
- Healthy, stable communities
- Reduced cycles of poverty and abuse
- Living with independence and dignity
- Healthy, thriving children and youth
- Strong, nurturing families
After an “Aging at Home” grant request was submitted by North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre but unsuccessful in securing funds, they decided to create a pilot program to test the potential of such a program and to provide feedback to the government in launching their own, province-wide, strategy.
Closing The Gap Healthcare Group was proud to be one of the fundraising sponsors of a total of $30,000 raised by local groups, organizations and private donors to create the funds necessary to test the possibility for success with such a program.
We are pleased to report that the results have been extremely positive. A subsequent initial report was submitted to the Minister of Health & Long Term Care in March of 2009 outlining some of the outcomes and recommended strategies in launching a similar provincial program.