Annual Chinese Radiothon Raises More than $410,000 for Scarborough’s Hospitals During COVID-19’s Intense Third Wave

The event surpassed its fundraising goal to support the highest priority needs at Scarborough Health Network.

SCARBOROUGH (May 4, 2021) – More than $410,000 was raised for Scarborough’s community hospitals on Thursday, April 22 as Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation once again hit the airwaves for the annual Chinese Radiothon event. Live-to-air on Sing Tao A1 Chinese Radio AM 1540, the all-day event invited listeners to hear unique stories from SHN patients, physicians, nurses, staff, and volunteers and to help shape the future of health care in Scarborough through their donations.

This year’s event supports SHN’s highest priority needs, including the purchase of urgently needed medical equipment across our three hospitals – Birchmount, Centenary and General – which helps keep our hospital teams and patients safe and healthy. With an initial goal of $250,000, support came pouring in throughout the day with both online and telephone donations. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, donors, volunteers and sponsors, including presenting sponsor Prime+Care Health Centre, a final fundraising total of $410,000 was reached by the event’s end.

SHN Foundation’s annual Chinese Radiothon has become a signature event within the Chinese community in Scarborough and across our neighbouring communities. This important event has raised valuable funds every year that directly impacts the SHN hospitals, as well as the patients and families that use and benefit from their services. Last year’s Radiothon event alone raised a record-breaking $500,000 for SHN’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which supported urgent needs across the Health Network in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO, SHN commented, “We continue to be comforted and humbled by the outpouring of support from our donors and community, especially as we battle this third wave of COVID-19. Their unwavering generosity is truly inspiring and these donations enable Scarborough Health Network to provide the highest level of care for our patients and their families, right here in Scarborough.”

Dr. Norman Chu, Chief & Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, SHN was equally enthusiastic, “This support is simply amazing. As a frontline health care worker, it warms my heart that the community is behind us. Not only does it energize us, but the important donations for equipment allows all of our doctors and staff to do their best work. Thank you.”

And Alicia Vandermeer, President & CEO, SHN Foundation said, “Our Scarborough hospitals face a huge gap between the exceptional quality of care we provide and the outdated facilities in which our teams provide that care. These funds will not only support our frontline heroes as they battle the third wave of COVID-19, but will help to close this gap give our talented health care teams the tools and equipment they need to continue caring for Scarborough long into the future.”