Air Canada returns as Silver Sponsor to Gran Fondo Lake Huron

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to welcome the Air Canada Foundation as a Silver Sponsor for the Gran Fondo Lake Huron. The Air Canada Foundation has donated two tickets to anywhere that Air Canada flies in North America, which includes the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii.

    (L) Air Canada Pilot Bruce Durrer presents prize tickets to Saugeen                         Memorial Hospital Foundation Chair Jim Barbour

Air Canada has been committed to the community since its inception over 80 years ago. The launch of the Air Canada Foundation in 2012 marks a new chapter in Air Canada’s dedication to the health and wellness of children and youth. Its mission is to help connect sick children to the medical care they need, alleviate child poverty, and make the wishes of ill kids come true. They work toward this mission by supporting pediatric hospitals, providing assistance to charitable organizations, and raising funds.

Each year the Southampton and Owen Sound hospitals treat over 10,000 children in their ER departments. This ties in perfectly with the mission of the Air Canada Foundation.

Air Canada Captain Bruce Durrer, who is also a volunteer with the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, is pleased to present the airline ticket voucher to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Air Canada voucher will be used as a Fundraising incentive prize for Gran Fondo participants. For every $1,000 a participant collects in their fundraising efforts they will receive a ballot to be entered in the draw for the ticket voucher.

“We are excited by the response of the community to help make our cycling fundraiser successful again this year. We have already registered 450 participants and expect our number of riders will surpass last year.  The Gran Fondo event is held to raise funds for our hospital so that we can provide quality health care for the children and families in our community as well as all of our seasonal residents who come to stay and play in beautiful Bruce County.

We would like to thank the Air Canada Foundation for donating passenger tickets as one of the prizes to be awarded as an incentive for fundraising. We very much appreciate their support.” Jim Barbour, Foundation Board Chair.