While London Health Sciences Foundation employees have always personally donated to the hospital, five years ago they started a staff annual giving campaign. Every year since this formal campaign began, each full-time LHSF employee has made a donation supporting the hospital. This year, the LHSF Employee Family Giving Campaign was held from May 19 - 22 with 100 per cent of the 50 full-time staff signing up or renewing their pledge during the week to give back through payroll deduction - committing a total of almost $30,000.
Some local businesses supported the campaign providing treats for the kick off and wrap up events and some gift certificates for a draw for those who increased their yearly donations.
"We are very grateful to our sponsors - Marjie Macoun from the Wellington Road Boston Pizza, Rick Bruijns at Marble Slab Creamery, North Centre Road and Rick DeJager of Tiger Jacks Bar & Grill - who helped make the campaign a success," says LHSF Development Coordinator and campaign organizer Julie McKenzie.
In the five years since the annual campaign began, employees have donated close to $135,000 towards patient care, equipment, research and education initiatives at London Health Sciences Centre.
"I am very proud of the work our staff puts in everyday to ensure our hospital has the resources needed to enhance and advance patient care." says LHSF President and CEO John MacFarlane. "Their personal giving as donors is even more commendable and indicative of their passion for, and commitment to, LHSC."