Women Join Forces to Donate $50k to Humber’s NICU
Earlier this week, on the evening of International Women’s Day, 25 women opened their laptops and logged into their Zoom accounts ready to hear directly from Humber’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Emergency Department (ED) Patient Comfort Fund.
Every year, Women in Kindness (WINK) works 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.
This year, after hearing from program directors, physicians, staff, and grateful patients from both Programs, the women voted to direct their collective $50,000 gift to the NICU, which plans to use the donation towards purchasing a new ventilator.
“I am so grateful that these powerful women are choosing to empower others,” says Jhanvi Solanki, Program Director of the Maternal & Child Program. “The NICU being this year’s WINK recipient was the most meaningful compliment. Even if we hadn’t won, the understanding and interest from the WINK group will be something I will carry forever.”
“Being part of WINK was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness for our Patient Comfort Fund, which ensures that the patients who arrive in our Apotex Emergency Department in need can have their most basic needs met,” says Jane Casey, Program Director of Emergency Services. “It was a great team effort and I thank the entire Emergency staff and physicians for the compassionate care they provide to all of our patients. Congratulations to the NICU!”
Back in November, WINK’s executive members (who join in at a higher donation level) heard pitches from four Programs: the NICU, the Emergency Department Patient Comfort Fund, the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, and Humber’s Same Day Knee Replacement Program. Their preliminary vote narrowed down the funding opportunities to the NICU and the Emergency Patient Comfort Fund.
“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.”
“Being a member of WINK this year has been a fabulous experience,” says first-time member Kellie D’Alessandro. “I was so impressed with the way the events were organized and all of the little touches that have gone into this process. I am already looking forward to next time.”
“Our family is grateful to Humber so it was a pleasure to be a part of WINK this year,” says member Libby Wildman. “The final WINK Den was a great evening, really well done. I can’t wait to meet all the other members in person!”
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: