Portuguese community in Brampton exceeds fundraising goal for Peel Memorial 1/20/2016 10:49:27 AM
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The Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial, a community group comprising of residents from Brampton of Portuguese origin, reached a historical milestone in their $ 1 Million pledge to Osler Foundation.
On Friday, Jan. 15, the group exceeded their $ 1 million objective and presented a cheque of $1,305,700 to support redevelopment initiatives at the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
“Building the new Peel Memorial takes a lot of community support and we are incredibly grateful to the Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial for its fundraising efforts and the remarkable accomplishment of exceeding its $1.0 million pledge,” said Ken Mayhew, president and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation. “Their generosity and commitment have helped us realize the vision of a new Peel Memorial which is poised to take on an innovative new role, shaping the future of health care in this community.”
The Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial worked in close partnership with LiUNA Local 183 and Local 506 over the past four years by helping to organize fundraising events in support of Osler Foundation including dances, barbeques, golf and bocce tournaments. The funds raised will enable the new Peel Memorial to provide specialized outpatient-based care, including urgent care, day surgery, and clinics that help individuals better manage chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and kidney disease.
“However, more needs to be done to raise money to help complete construction and fund the purchase of millions of dollars of equipment to be installed in the new Peel Memorial,” Mayhew said. “The leadership demonstrated by the generosity of the Amigos will raise sights and inspire philanthropy throughout our community in support of this important project.”
Manuel Alexandre, chair of the Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial and others from the group received an exclusive tour of the Peel Memorial Health Campus at their open house recently through a mock-up layout created.
“It was very exciting to present that cheque,” said Alexandre. “Our volunteers do this out of the goodness of their hearts and we have a lot to cheer about. Our dedicated partners at LiUNA Local 183, Local 506 and OPDC gave us an important boost by raising additional funds for Peel Memorial. Our collective effort helps ensure our community has access to the equipment, facilities and programs needed to continue to provide leading-edge health care to our community.”
Construction is progressing steadily at the site and the building will be completed by fall. Following a period of equipment installation, training and orientation, the new facility will be fully functional in early 2017, hospital officials said.