June 23, 2012
The Teddy Bears' Picnic has become a family tradition unlike any other as kids, parents, and grandparents alike all head down to The Governor General's residence at Rideau Hall for a day of family activities including the always popular B*A*S*H Tent and Build-A-Buddy.
There will be a celebrity pancake breakfast running from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee are $3 for adults and $2 for children.
The B*A*S*H Tent (Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital) officially opens at 9 a.m. Children are invited to bring their teddy bears and other stuffed animals for check ups, minor repairs and a visit to the dentist.
I will lead the parade of mascots at 9:30 a.m.
Admission and most of the activities are free thanks to support from corporate Good Bears like Bell, TD Canada Trust and Canadian Forces Health Services and Rideau Hall.
Nominal fees are charged for some games, rides, food and refreshments.
I hope you can join us!
For more information please call the Foundation office at 613-737-2780
Last year we featured Tyler's story during the 2011 CHEO telethon. Tyler was diagnosed with Meningococcal meningitis. This terrible illness took away both his lower legs. In true Cadet style, Tyler fought back and faced his long journey to recovery with bravery and strength. Today Tyler is doing very well. He was fitted with prosthetics that have allowed him to begin walking again. He continues to visit CHEO for regular physiotherapy. He is a true champion!
Tune in to CTV on June 9th and 10th for the 2012 CHEO Telethon to see more inspiring stories like his.
The CHEO Foundation’s History
The sole purpose of the CHEO Foundation is to raise funds to help support the work of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of pediatric programs, research, state-of the art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance for families in crisis.
In the early 1960s, a group of concerned citizens in Ottawa formed a committee with the purpose of establishing a children’s hospital in the community. It was no easy task to convince governments and ministries to help fund a children’s hospital in Ottawa, but the committee persevered with the enthusiastic support of the community. This committee formed the base for the present CHEO Foundation, which was incorporated in 1974.
By the time CHEO opened its doors in 1974, the volunteer fundraisers had overcome numerous obstacles, and more than $4 million had been donated by the local community – a truly significant amount especially for that time.
Each year, the Foundation holds the CTV Telethon for CHEO, which is part of the North-America wide Children's Miracle Network. All funds raised locally benefit CHEO. Other events and lotteries such as CN Cycle, the Dream of a Lifetime Lottery and the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO Lottery, bring important support to CHEO. Community organizers support CHEO through more than 150 events each year, ranging from corporate and private dances, barbecues, and sports tournaments. Significant funds are also raised through annual giving and bequests.
Frederick M. Bartlett is the current President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation. Mr. Bartlett was the former Vice President of Telesat Canada and served as Chair of the United Way Campaign in 1993. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, the President and CEO of the Foundation, the CEO of the Hospital, a Chair, and representatives of the hospital staff and volunteer association.
Make a financial contribution to CHEO
Visit the CHEO Foundation to make a donation on-line or for information on how to make a financial donation.
Organize a special event and raise funds for CHEO
CHEO is very fortunate to have the support of a loving and caring community. The money you raise will help fund research, buy equipment, train staff, and add to the pediatric nature of the hospital. The CHEO foundation is pleased to provide you with a copy of our Guidelines and Helpful Tips for organizing a successful fundraiser.