Together with representatives from his stores at Dundas Street East and Sidney Street, Belleville, Shoppers Drug Mart owner and pharmacist, Wynand Bekker presented a very generous cheque for $18,419 to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation today. All funds are directed to the Oncology Department at BGH.
Over the past year, both Shoppers Drug Mart locations have hosted fundraisers in support of the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Growing Women’s Health initiative. The campaign allows store teams, employees, customers, and patients to play an active role in their community while raising funds for this very worthy cause. Mr. Bekker remarked, “We donate the funds to oncology at BGH because we know that so many families struggle with cancer. Women in our community are directly affected as patients themselves or as a family member to a patient. We believe that donating to oncology will benefit the entire community.” BGH Foundation Board Chair, Peter Knudsen, stated, “We are very grateful to Mr. Bekker and the teams at Shoppers Drug Mart for their generous donation. We hope that someday there will be a cure and we won’t have to fundraise for cancer care, but in the meantime, we are grateful to community partners like Shoppers Drug Mart that continue to make care better at BGH.”
Funds in 2017 were raised through in-store campaigns, such as purchasing a leaf, butterfly, apple, or bird that were prominently displayed in the stores last fall, silent auctions, book sales, and most notably, their annual, Tree of Life, baseball tournament. Ball teams included: Power Rangers, Average Joe’s, Kent Murphy’s Dingers, The Partridge Family, Hospital, Slapshots, The Sherry & Murray Dominators, Dirty Piranhas, Soft Balls, Hard Bats, Cleats & Cleavage, Canadian Yards, SDM 987. Donors included: Ken and Helen Hannon, Bob and Gretchen Grenke, Carol Lavigne, Paul Kyte, Shannon Wall, Joni Spring, Bonnie Chandler, Denise Forshaw, Lacy Mitchell, Burgers McGee, Heather and Rick Connelly and Sponsors included: The Right Fit, Double D, Toppers Pizza, Swiss Chalet, Bayview Auto, Personal Service Coffee, Long & McQuade, Greek Oasis, GoodLife Fitness, Pizza Hut, Dragon Rolls, Jumbo Video, Northway Restaurant, First Choice (North Front), Wild Ink, Planet Fitness, Roots – Quinte Mall, Jason Mair, Bulk Barn – Trenton, Duvall and Clark & Michelle Christmann, and The Dugout.
For more information on the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Program, please contact either store at 405 Dundas Street, East, (613) 962-8812 or 150 Sidney Street, (613) 962-3406, Belleville.
In picture (from left): Jane Palmateer, Dr. Janarthanan Kankesan, Murray Levebvre, Janet Holden, Shawn McLeish, Wynand Bekker, Dr. Roger Levesque, Janet Baragar, Anke Gilmour, and Peter Knudsen