Topper's Pizza in Collingwood is driving dollars for Sickkids and choosing to contribute to a record setting campaign. The number of children from Collingwood who used Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) services last year was at 382 total visits, according to patient statistics. That number includes clinic, inpatient and emergency visits whereby the family was driving 164 km or were air lifted to access their services. In an effort to increase funding and awareness among local communities across Ontario, Topper's Pizza has joined with SickKids on a fundraising campaign. Their 2016 goal is set at $40,000 through online and in store customer donations.
"At SickKids, we believe that where you live shouldn't determine if you live," said Wendy Dempsey, manager, sponsorship and cause marketing, SickKids Foundation. "We're thrilled that so many people are choosing to contribute to Topper's campaign through pizzerias across the province. These donations will be put towards the hospital's highest priority needs allowing us to help more sick children in need of specialized care from four corners of our province."
Topper's SickKids fundraiser last year raised $37,000 which fundedlife-saving care, research and education. Customers are choosing to donate one of three ways; online/phone checkout, in-store donation, or by ordering the Topper's "Feel Good Meal" which was created just for SickKids. Topper's donates two dollars from every Feel Good Meal, which includes one Large four-topping pizza and eight ToppersSticks.
"Our franchise partners have really jumped onboard with the program once again this year and our call centre has been a huge driver of the campaign's success," said Karen Trottola, Director of Marketing & Communications for Topper's Pizza Canada. "We thank all of our extremely generous customers and we can't wait to share the final results!"
With the campaign in its fourth week, Topper's has already collected over $21,000 with 6 weeks left in the campaign.
"Every dollar contributed from our local communities makes a huge difference to SickKids. We see more than 100,000 patients a year for life saving care, and that number just continues to grow." said Wendy.
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