Hundreds gather to support North York General at Rally in the Ravine run/walk

TORONTO (SEPTEMBER 30, 2019) – On Saturday, September 28, 840 supporters and volunteers gathered for the second annual Rally in the Ravine, a run/walk in support of North York General Hospital. Past and present patients, their families, hospital staff and people from the community all came together to celebrate and raise funds for the hospital.

The signature fundraising event, presented by international condo developer Concord Adex, took place at the hospital campus and included something for all ages and fitness levels, including a chip-timed 5K run or walk along the scenic Betty Sutherland Trail, a comfortably-paced 1K stroll around the hospital’s Healing Garden or the Kids’ Mini Rally adventure course.

Guests enjoyed an exciting opening ceremony, with special guests Mayor John Tory and Jennifer Valentyne of Global News Morning Toronto. There was live entertainment, great food, giveaways and activities for all ages in the Athletes’ Village.

“I’m humbled by the outpouring of support for our hospital,” says Terry Pursell, President and CEO of North York General Foundation. “Thank you to our Rally runners, walkers, donors, supporters and sponsors, who together exemplify everything that’s great about our community – compassion, service and dedication.”

As of September 27, supporters had raised over $227,000, almost reaching the event’s $250,000 goal. On event day, the largest individual gift in Rally in the Ravine history was announced – $25,000 donated by Azim Nanji of the Nanji Family Foundation – propelling the total raised beyond the event goal. Funds raised will support:

  • Redeveloping the paediatric care space
    Centralizing all paediatric services into one space (Steinberg Family Paediatric Centre) to provide the best possible care to young patients and their families, close to home
  • Highest priority needs
    Funding new and replacement equipment, technology advancements, capital improvements and other important upgrades throughout the hospital.
  • Orthopaedic care
    Funding urgently needed advanced equipment for improved care at the hospital’s Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Orthopaedic Centre.

Former North York Councillor, Betty Sutherland, who was the local representative for this area, was honoured as she celebrated her 90th birthday. As Chair of the Metro Toronto Parks Committee, Mrs. Sutherland was instrumental in developing the regional parks trail system. The Betty Sutherland Trail was named in her honour in 1988.

“Having raised my family in this community, I have been a supporter of North York General Hospital from fundraising for its original construction to today,” says Betty Sutherland. “We need to invest in community hospitals such as North York General to continue to have local access to the best care. I love the fact that the Betty Sutherland Trail is being used to support fundraising for North York General Hospital.”

About North York General Hospital
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of Canada’s leading community academic hospitals. In a global ranking of hospitals, North York General placed second in Canada and among the top 100 in the world. We offer our culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services across multiple sites. Through partnerships, collaboration and academic endeavours, we seek to set new standards for patient- and family-centred care. Working together with our patients and their families, we are making a world of difference.


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