Grand River Hospital Foundation has been able to purchase six new defibrillators, thanks to the support of an IMC student fundraiser held in February.
The team of students set up a booth at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market to sell Valentines and to encourage people to sign heart-shaped decals with messages of encouragement and get well wishes for patients in the hospital.
Defibrillators are used on “crash carts” across the hospital and are used to restore normal heart rhythms. Nancy Hewat, Executive Director of the hospital foundation, sent a letter of thanks to the team: “On behalf of the many patients who will benefit from this life-saving technology, thank you for your generous support.”
Other organizations to benefit from student fundraisers included The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, and the Humane Society.
The events are assignments in the event and project management course IMC students take in second semester.