Women Join Forces to Donate $32,000 to Mental Health & Addictions Program

February 3, 2020

On Friday morning, the staff in Humber River Hospital’s Mental Health & Addictions Program couldn’t believe it: Their program had just won $32,000 in combined donations.

The donations came from Women in Kindness (WINK), a group of women working together to support Humber River Hospital. Members join WINK through an entry donation and have the opportunity decide together where their funds will be used, making meaningful change throughout our Hospital community.

“One of our big promises to WINK supporters is that they will always be in control of their collective funds,” says Lindsay Owen, a Development Officer at Humber River Hospital Foundation. “They have the power to direct their money, and they get insider access to the world of Humber to help them make informed decisions.”

The women of WINK get access to fun signature events, advance invitations to educational events like Doc Talks, and Hospital tours to help them decide how they would like to vote.

In the fall, WINK’s Executive members (who join in at a higher donation level) heard pitches at a “Dragon’s Den-style” event from Mental Health, Seniors Care, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a new Women’s Health Clinic. They voted and narrowed down the funding opportunities to Mental Health and Seniors Care.

On Thursday January 30th, all 15 WINK members heard refined pitches from Mental Health and Seniors Care. The Mental Health team brought in a grateful patient, Joanne, to share her story. The Seniors Care team had a staff member wearing a weighted “aging-suit” to demonstrate patients’ needs.

In the end, the WINK members voted to gift Mental Health & Addictions $32,000. The Program will be using the donation to help more patients, through tangible purchases like iPads, digital thermometers, and new tables and chairs to accommodate the growth of their group therapy sessions.

We can’t wait to see what this amazing group of women does next. To be part of the next round of WINK, please let us know how to get in touch:

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