This past fall, St. Joseph’s Health Care London entered into its fifth year of an innovative partnership in support of the health and well-being of our community through their annual employee giving campaign called Share the Spirit.
Share the Spirit is designed to engage staff and physicians each year with an opportunity to make a donation to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and/or the United Way London & Middlesex. Together, the work of these two organizations affects the lives of countless people, including many of our own patients who live within our community.
The 2012/2013 campaign formally wrapped up on Feb. 7, with Roy Butler, VP, quality and clinical support, presenting cheques to both organizations.
This year’s campaign raised more than $104, 000, an increase of almost $16,000 from last year’s total amount raised, with $26,364 going to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and $78,153 going to United Way.
above: Share the Spirit cheque presentation, February 2013
“We are very proud of the many St. Joseph’s staff and physicians that recognize the need in our community and have made the selfless decision to help others in these uncertain economic times,” said Butler.
Michelle Campbell, president, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, was honoured to accept the cheque on behalf of the foundation and explained that monies will be used to purchase front line medical equipment like ultrasound machines and patient care needs such as mattresses. “St. Joseph’s staff have once again proven that when great people come together, even greater things are possible,” remarked Campbell.
Andrew Lockie, CEO, United Way London & Middlesex, explained that dollars earmarked for United Way will benefit many in our community who are in need. “We are very grateful for the generosity of St. Joseph’s staff and physicians each year,” says Lockie. “These donations go towards understanding the root causes of social issues and bring together people and resources to create positive, lasting change within our community by focusing on the areas of poverty, mental health, and supporting individuals through difficult transitions.”