Women’s Bonspiel raises over $2,700 in support of WCH!
2019-02-26 2:23:46 PM
At WCH Foundation, our generous community of donors and friends never ceases to amaze us! Through community fundraising events and initiatives, our supporters generate meaningful impact by raising awareness and important funds in support of Women’s College Hospital. One such event is the annual Women’s Bonspiel, organized by the Wednesday Night Women’s Section of the High Park Club.
The event began four years ago after Judy Schembri, a member of the Club, attended Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Women for Women’s. Inspired by the event’s focus on women’s health, she suggested WCH as the beneficiary of the Club’s soon-to-be resurrected tournament, “I went to the luncheon in the fall and thought what a great idea – Women for Women’s, women’s health and a Women’s Bonspiel,” reflects Judy. “So I brought the idea to our committee and they all agreed!”
Since then, women from the High Park Club and neighbouring clubs across the GTA have come together for a fun day of tournament and on-site activities in support of Women’s College Hospital. The club organizes the tournament and a number of other fundraising initiatives to engage the members and the community. An in-club raffle is open to all members in advance of the event, and a raffle table of prizes donated by members of the Women’s Section is set up on event day, as well. This year, curlers had the opportunity to receive a short, on-site massage between ends; the massage therapy students generously added their tips from the day to the fundraising pot.
Held this year on January 19, 2019, the Bonspiel raised a total of $2,722.50. Reflecting on the event’s success, Judy credits the support of the High Park Club community, “I’m really proud of our club members. It’s a very community-spirited club and we raise a lot of funds thanks to their support,” she says. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without our Women’s Committee members and day-of volunteers. It takes a lot of people to make the day a success.”
Since its inception, the Women’s Bonspiel has raised a total of $11,700 in support of the hospital’s greatest priority needs. WCH Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks to the High Park Curling Club and the Women’s Bonspiel committee members for their generosity and belief in the WCH’s mission to revolutionize healthcare for women and for everyone!
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