7th Annual Birmingham Bank Bed Challenge Goes the Distance with Record Funds Raised

Posted: May 9, 2012

Oakville, ON (Sunday, May 7, 2012). – This morning, the Oakville Hospital Foundation wrapped up a month-long fundraising campaign with the town’s six major banks racing hospital beds down Lakeshore Road as part of the 7th annual Birmingham Bank Bed Challenge. Collectively, record funds of $176,411 were raised in support of the new Oakville Hospital.

Throughout the month of April, Oakville’s six major banks, BMO Bank of Montreal, CIBC, HSBC Bank of Canada, Royal Bank, Scotiabank, and TD Canada Trust, raised money at their local branches to purchase beds for the new Oakville Hospital. Hospital equipment, such as beds, are not funded by the provincial government.

Oakville Hospital Foundation’s CEO, Tina Triano, was at the event to announce the total amount of generous contributions made by the community. “We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming community support we receive from our local banks and their customers every year,” said Triano. “Not only has this initiative become a major fundraiser for our hospital, it has also become one of Oakville’s mote exciting community events.”

The banks battled for the finish line despite having some technical difficulties that turned the hospital bed race into a foot race. Scotiabank not only won the competition, but raised the most money with an outstanding $51,004 in donations. A free pancake breakfast provided by Holiday Inn kept friends and families refreshed while watching the race.

MPP Kevin Flynn, Dr. Michael Heffernan, Constable Leslie Bayliss, and Citytv news reporter Francis D’Souza were the featured celebrity judges that helped make race day exciting. The friendly competition provided entertainment for the bankers and the community while accomplishing much for the hospital by way of funding new hospital beds.

The Oakville Hospital Foundation is partnering with the community to fund essential medical equipment for Oakville’s Hospital to enable high quality patient care.

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For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Hallsworth
Communications Director
Oakville Hospital Foundation
(905) 845-2571. Ext 6250
shallsworth@haltonhealthcare.on.ca