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Late last year, SickKids Foundation announced the SickKids VS Limits campaign with a fundraising goal of $1.3 billion, the largest in Canadian health care history.
In anticipation of the public launch, $570 million in donations and pledges had been secured through philanthropy. This includes support from corporate partners, community organizations, events, individuals and families, reflecting the full breadth of the donor community.
The VS Limits fundraising campaign supports three key elements: re-imagining the campus, including building a new patient care centre on University Avenue ($600 million); continuing breakthrough paediatric health research ($600 million); and establishing partnerships for better, coordinated patient care ($100 million). The campaign period is anticipated to run through to March 31, 2022, just shy of five years from now.
When The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was built at 555 University Avenue in 1949, it was the largest children’s hospital in the world. Some 87,000 donors contributed to the capital campaign and 85,000 Torontonians lined up for pre-opening tours – that’s more than four times the capacity of the Air Canada Centre. The hospital expanded in 1993, nearly 25 years ago, with the opening of the Atrium building at 170 Elizabeth Street.
Medical treatments and technology have come a long way since the 1940s or even the 1990s, making it more important than ever before for the hospital to evolve to fully realize the possibilities in children’s health. The vision for a hospital of the future includes state-of-the-art technology, facilities designed to enable the latest advances in clinical procedures, optimal patient safety and infection control, and best practices in family-centred care. In short, in order for SickKids to remain a world-leader in paediatric health, the time to realize a fully redeveloped campus is now.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the future of children’s health. The people of Toronto and beyond have done it before and we are poised to do it again.”
A Campaign Cabinet, comprised of 68 individual business and community leaders, will serve in a volunteer capacity to help lead the charge on achieving the ambitious fundraising goal. The Cabinet is led by three volunteer Co-Chairs – Katie Taylor, current Chair of the SickKids Foundation Board of Directors; and John Francis and Patsy Anderson, the Foundation’s two immediate past Board Chairs.
To date, 110 Catalyst Donors have pledged their commitment of $1 million or more in support of the campaign to help build momentum for the bold undertaking. These include individuals and families, corporations, community organizations and events held on behalf of SickKids, all of whom were celebrated at the campaign launch event held today.
SickKids VS: All In
SickKids VS: All In video, a 2-minute rallying cry to the community asking everyone to join in and support the campaign to build a new hospital. The spot features 200 SickKids patient ambassadors and their siblings and was filmed in various locations throughout the city.
Its broadcast debut is on Saturday, October 28 during the Toronto Maple Leafs home game. The fully integrated marketing campaign is supported with a media buy, including TV, print, out-of-home, digital and social media. Out-of-home includes branded TTC streetcars, wild postings, murals, projections and stencils on 75 outdoor walls throughout the Greater Toronto Area, most of which have been donated to SickKids by the building owners.
Credit for the concept goes to Cossette, the agency of record for SickKids. The TV spot was directed by Mark Zibert of Skin and Bones, with music handled by SNDWRx. Media planning and buying was managed by OMD.
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