Heart of Champions hosts the first Spooktacular Halloween Bowl-a-thon for CHEO Cardiac Kids
Over the past six years, the Heart of Champions Golf Tournament has raised over $70K to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO) Cardiology Department.
Through the generous support of community sponsors and golf participants, we have provided additional care and comfort to local cardiac children and their families including improvements to hospital waiting rooms, in addition to the forthcoming purchase of a portable echocardiogram machine for use throughout the hospital and in remote areas CHEO services in the north.
While our golf tournament efforts achieved our long-term goals, there is still a real need to support the one in 100 children living with congenital heart disease in our community. This need was illustrated recently by CHEO’s cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Maharajah who called on the local community to support fundraising efforts for a new Heart Lung Bypass Machine as CHEO’s equipment nears the end of its’ lifespan. The heart bypass machine is a vital piece of equipment that keeps children alive during open heart surgery. It is used roughly two to three times a week in Ottawa and costs upwards of 500K.
To help support this need, the Heart of Champions committee decided to continue its’ fundraising efforts this year with the first ever Spooktacular Halloween Bowl-a-thon to be held Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm. at Merivale Bowling Centre.
We are graciously seeking sponsorships and/or prizes to help support this initiative. If your organization can offer any sort of material donations or prizes we would be happy to accept them and use them in the best way possible to benefit CHEO. For further information on our sponsorship opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org We hope that we can count on your support again this year as our fundraising efforts continue to support young cardiac kids in our community.
Yours truly, The HOC Planning Committee
It’s official!! The Heart of Champions community reached its goal for CHEO Cardiology.
In December 2014, HOC presented the CHEO Foundation with a cheque that meant Cardiology now had $60,000 for a new Echocardio machine!! This would not have been possible without our many supporters, players, donors and sponsors. Untold numbers of young children will benefit from the collective efforts of our community. We are so proud of everyone involved over the years.
With this equipment, Heart of Champions will share in a legacy that will last for many, many years. However, one day in the future, you may hear from us and a future event to continue that legacy even further. Let’s just say it may involve some fancy shoes….
Your Heart of Champions Committee
Heart of Champions Tournament Funds
Katherine Dines of MAGIC 100.3fm (and fellow heart Mom!) takes a spin at CHEO Cardiology on a new plasma car purchased by HOC tournie funds!!! So wonderful to see HOC efforts coming to fruition just in time for Christmas!!! The new plasma cars are just one of the recent items purchased by Cardiology from HOC proceeds. A new portable echocardiogram machine is not far off!
Thank you to all our generous community sponsors who made this and much more possible. Big Kudos to Timothy Kimber of Plasmart who in turn has kindly donated a fleet of plasma cars to CHEO. There really is a Santa Claus!!!!
Thank you to all of you who came out and supported Heart of Champions on Saturday, June 14, 2014! Once the signs were taken down, the prizes handed out and the lucky balls packed away, every dollar collected for CHEO Cardiology was counted.
The result was a very impressive $13,600 being raised this year!!! More importantly, the addition of this year’s total to our 5 year running total has now put the overall total above $60,000!!! Our goal when we started 6 years ago was to raise $50,000 and we thought that was an aggressive target. What we didn't count on was the absolute generosity of the players, sponsors, volunteers and community to help us achieve that goal. We have seen some truly inspiring moments over the years. And we can happily say it really is "for the kids". Just how many children will benefit from your efforts for the foreseeable future can only be imagined.
So as we wrap up the golf portion of Heart of Champions, we are certain there will be other opportunities to continue the cause. Always enjoy the memories....
As Peter Pan once sang:
When there's a smile in your heart
There's no better time to start
Think of all the joy you'll find
When you leave the world behind
And bid your cares goodbye
You can fly, you can fly!
Thank you as we fly away for another year,
From Your Heart of Champions
CHEO's Cardiology Department has begun utilizing the funds raised by the Heart of Champions Golf Tournament to improve the every day experience of local cardiac children and their families.
The proceeds from the 2010 golf tournament were presented to Dr. Jane Lougheed, Head of CHEO's Cardiology Department, in a presentation before the cardiac team in November 2010. Members of the department recently purchased new decor for several examinations rooms from the proceeds. The exam rooms are currently decorated in early 1990s motif. The Cardiology Department plans to create theme rooms based on the planets, safari, aquatics, and farm animals and expend further proceeds on movies and cartoons to bring additional comfort to children during their routine cardiac examinations and lengthy hospital stays.
Some long-term plans include the purchase of new comfortable chairs for parents and new activity tables for the children in the waiting areas. The remaining proceeds raised by the Heart of Champions Golf Tournament will be invested towards the committee's long-term goal of purchasing a portable echocardiogram machine for use throughout the hospital and in remote areas CHEO services in the north.
Thank you to the generous businesses who have donated prizes and/or auction items for this event:
Boston Pizza (Barrhaven)
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
Carmichael experts in thermal systems technologies Cominar
Domus Building Cleaning
Epicure (Lori Dobson)
Escape Manor Ottawa
Fatboys Southern Smokehouse
Monkey Around Never Too Clean
Norkem Orange Therapy Fitness
Papa Jack Popcorn Rachel Hammer Real Estate Team
Roof Maintenance Solutions
Roy Russell & Sons Drywall Contracting Inc.(Darius Russell)
Second Cup (Rideau St.)
Shenkman Arts Centre
South Hill Design (Joanne Mahoney)
Starbucks (Rideau location)
The Loot Bag Lady
The Spa Day Retreat (Kanata)
Thirty One (Brenda Handler)
FUNDS RAISED TO DATE
The Committee’s overall fundraising goal is to purchase a portable echocardiogram machine for use throughout CHEO as well as in remote areas CHEO services in the North.
To date, some funds have been used for the purchase of new comfortable chairs for parents and will soon include new activity tables for the children in the waiting areas.