CHATHAM, August 4, 2022 – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) is thrilled to announce a $51,738 donation from Mocha Shriners of Shriners International. This very generous gift will be used to purchase vital equipment for the Women and Children’s Program, Pediatric Unit at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA).
“Mocha Shriners have a long and rich history of supporting local healthcare across the region, and their dedication to helping children in need is truly inspirational,” said Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO of CKHAF. “The equipment that will be purchased for the Pediatric Unit at CKHA through this donation will have a profound impact on countless local families with young children, and we are deeply grateful to Mocha Shriners for their support.”
This $51,738.11 donation to the Women and Children’s Program, Pediatric Unit will be used to purchase High Intensity Phototherapy Lights for jaundice, a Bilisoft Bili Blanket for jaundice, and sleep chairs for family staying with Pediatric patients at CKHA. The Phototherapy Lights and Bili Blanket will be crucial in treating jaundice as they help bring down bilirubin levels within infant patients.
“Phototherapy is a highly effective treatment for infant jaundice, and the High Intensity Phototherapy Lights and Bili blanket purchased from this donation will give the Pediatric Unit a greater capacity to administer this treatment,” said Caen Suni, VP Clinical Programs & Operations at CKHA. “We are so thankful to Mocha Shriners for this generous support which will allow to the unit provide the highest level of safe, quality care to our Pediatric patients and their families.”
The gift comes from the estate of an anonymous donor associated with Mocha Shriners. This generous individual was a Chatham-Kent resident who requested that the money be used to help children in our community.
“As an organization, we are committed to supporting healthcare and helping kids in need from across our region. Purchasing much-needed medical equipment is a key part of that mandate,” stated Potentate Illustrious Sir Randy MacNevin and Treasurer Noble Robert Rossi of Mocha Shriners. “We are so grateful to be in a position to be able to offer this assistance, and we are thankful that this gift will be put to such good use here in Chatham-Kent.”
Mocha Shriners was founded over a century ago, and consists of 13 Shrine Clubs across Southwestern and Northern Ontario. Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. Shriners have also developed a stellar reputation for their philanthropic commitment to healthcare, particularly for children in need.
For more information about Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit ckhaf.ca or call the Foundation office at 519.436.2538.