Ottawa Community News - Fundraising dinner for QCH planned for Giving Tuesday

Ottawa Community News recently covered our upcoming QCH fundraising dinner. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here . Please see below for the full news article: 

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A Giving Tuesday event aims to raise money and build hope.

On Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Bay Coun. Mark Taylor and Biagio’s Italian Kitchen, on Richmond Road, are inviting the public to support the Queensway Carleton’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health.

The $5-million campaign will enhance and improve mental health care at the hospital for adults of all ages by constructing a new 650-square-metre building and renovating the two existing floors of the hospital. The province has committed $10 million towards the project.

Originally built in 1976, the 24-bed unit doesn’t meet the needs of its current patient load. It provides both in-patient and outpatient services. In the last five years, there has been a 46 per cent increase in the number of patients arriving at the emergency department in a mental health crisis.

The fundraising dinner costs $100 per person, and charitable receipts are available.

It includes a sit-down meal and presentations from special guests.

“The QCH Foundation launched its Hopes Rising for Mental Health campaign, and west-end councillors thought it would be a great idea to come together again in support of our local community hospital,” said Taylor in an emailed statement.

“QCH has a high intake of mental health patients to its emergency room, however the unit has not been upgraded since its opening in the early 1970s. We’re hoping this event can help fund sorely needed upgrades and better serve our community.”

This is the third year the councillor and restaurant have co-hosted the event.

It falls on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a day aside to encourage giving back to the community.

“Giving Tuesday has been in place for a number of years, starting in the States but it’s gaining an awful lot of traction in Canada, as well, and we’re just seeing more and more charities and opportunities coming together for that and as a sector that’s exciting to see,” said Judith Scott, vice-president of operations for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

Scott added about 10 of the city’s west-end councillors are part of fundraising initiatives for the hospital’s mental health unit and they have a goal of bringing in about $500,000.

So far, the foundation is more than half way through its $5-million goal, having raised about $2.8 million.

For tickets, visit raisinghope-november28.eventbrite.ca.


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