The third annual Butterfly Run Quinte raised $119,810 to help local bereaved families. Butterfly Run founders, Barb Matteucci, Loralee McInroy, and Beth Primeau, announced the total raised for the hospital’s Child Bereavement Fund at a presentation today at Belleville General Hospital.
“We are so happy and want to thank everyone who made this year such a success,” said Barb, Loralee, and Beth. “When we started this event, we wanted to break the silence surrounding pregnancy and infant loss and to provide support at the hospital and in the community. Thanks to our amazing supporters and sponsors – and especially the families that have experienced loss – the Butterfly Run is making a difference.”
Funds from the 2018 run will be directed to bereavement kits and equipment for the Maternity Unit at BGH. Forty-five hundred dollars, from two run sponsors, was specifically directed to the KGH for the purchase of a Cuddle Cot to help Quinte women and their families who have received their care there.
“Being able to provide specialized supports for families who are dealing with pregnancy or infant loss is what compassionate care is all about,” said Linda Price Program Director, Maternal Child at Quinte Health Care. “All of us including the Maternal Child Program and Emergency Departments are grateful for the chance to improve care for grieving patients and their families.”
With more than 1,000 participants at this year’s run at Zwicks Park, the Butterfly Run team has raised more than $303,000 in three years.
“We are honoured that the Butterfly Girls’ have continued their commitment to families in our region who experience pregnancy and infant loss,” said Mark Philbin, BGHF Director. “With their help, we are able to significantly improver patient care at Belleville General Hospital.”
The first two Butterfly Runs, held in 2016 and 2017, raised more than $175,000 in total for the BGH Foundation’s Child Bereavement Fund. Monies raised have purchased bereavement kits – available at all QHC emergency rooms and on Quinte 7’s maternity unit – staff training, and equipment, including a Cuddle Cot, baby ventilator, and labour and delivery lights.
For More Information Contact:
Martha Farrell, Communications and Marketing Officer, BGH Foundation 613-969-7400 ext. 2403
Butterfly Girls: Barb Matteucci, Loralee McInroy, and Beth Primeau at firstname.lastname@example.org