Teddy bear cam­paign goal $20,000

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS - EL­LIOT FER­GU­SON

The cud­dli­est fundraiser of the year launched Mon­day at Kingston Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

The an­nual teddy bear cam­paign raises money for the hospi­tal’s pe­di­atric de­part­ment.

The cam­paign, in part­ner­ship with the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 560 and its Ladies Aux­il­iary, has a goal of rais­ing $20,000 to buy equip­ment for the pe­di­atric de­part­ment.

While the aux­il­iary’s cafe and book shop raise more money, funds raised by the teddy bear cam­paign are for a spe­cific de­part­ment.

“This is a cam­paign that is spe­cific to pe­di­atrics,” said San­dra Fletcher, pres­i­dent of the KGH Aux­il­iary. “We just raise money for pe­di­atrics. The other fundrais­ers go into the gen­eral fund to buy a large piece of equip­ment but this one is al­ways spe­cific for pe­di­atrics.”

In the past two year, the teddy bear cam­paign has ex­ceeded its fundrais­ing goal.

The 200 teddy bears can be spon­sored for $100.

This year’s cam­paign, which runs from Nov. 13 to Dec. 20, is rais­ing money to buy an elec­tro­car­dio­gram ma­chine and sy­ringe pumps for the de­part­ment.

“What I think is great about this cam­paign is that the do­na­tions don’t just buy the pieces of equip­ment, which ob­vi­ously are very im­por­tant to us, but it ac­tu­ally gives some­thing, lit­er­ally, back to the chil­dren. That re­ally does have an im­pact,” said Dr. Bob Con­nelly, head of the de­part­ment of pe­di­atrics.

“These are chil­dren who visit our hospi­tal, whether as in­pa­tients or out­pa­tients, and I know they have al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing able to have some­thing given to them as part of their visit.”

The equip­ment the cam­paign is rais­ing money for will help im­prove care for some of the hospi­tal’s youngest pa­tients, Con­nelly added.

An elec­tro­car­dio­gram ma­chine al­lows rapid analysis of a pa­tient’s heart. A sy­ringe pump lets doc­tors ad­min­is­ter a more pre­cise dose of med­i­ca­tion through an in­tra­venous line.

“The ECG has been around for a long time, that is not nec­es­sar­ily a novel piece of equip­ment, but of­ten they can be tai­lored for pe­di­atric pa­tients,” Con­nelly said.

“Sy­ringe pumps are a newer type of equip­ment and it is just we need more of them as we use more and more med­i­ca­tions.”

EL­LIOT FER­GU­SON/THE WHIG-STAN­DARD

Queen's Univer­sity stu­dent Abby Ross, cen­tre, places a teddy bear on a tree at Kingston Gen­eral Hospi­tal at the launch of the an­nual Teddy Bear cam­paign in Kingston on Mon­day.

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