Sandra Schmirler Foundation Telethon goes virtual
OTTAWA, ON, Feb. 16, 2021 /CNW/ - The 19th annual Sandra Schmirler Foundation Telethon will be held on Sunday, February 21st, during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on TSN.
"Sandra was a true champion who wouldn't let obstacles stand in the way of her goal," said Ian Cunningham, Chair of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Board. "We're doing things differently, but I am proud that we're continuing to honour Sandra's spirit again this year, despite COVID-19 restrictions."
This year, the telethon will be held virtually with volunteers answering donor calls from their homes and in socially distanced spaces around the country. For the first time, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation will stream content on their Facebook page between TSN broadcasts.
"This year we've set our fundraising goal at $500,000," Cunningham said. "That amount will help us buy lifesaving equipment for Neonatal Intensive Care Units across Canada for babies who are born premature and critically ill."
To donate to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Telethon, Canadians can call 1-866-210-6011 or contribute online at www.sandraschmirler.org
The fundraising goal of the telethon is $500,000. That amount will help to purchase lifesaving equipment for Neonatal Intensive Care Units from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
With the generous support of TSN and Curling Canada, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Telethon is held on the first Sunday of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Sandra Schmirler was a Canadian curler who captured three Canadian Curling Championships and three World Curling Championships. She skipped her Canadian team to a gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. A mother of two, Sandra sadly passed away in 2000 at the age of 36, leaving a legacy that had a much farther reach than curling.
Her foundation works to ensure all babies born too soon, too small or too sick will be cared for in a NICU equipped with state-of-the-art life-saving equipment close to their homes, family and friends.
The 2020 Sandra Schmirler Foundation Telethon on TSN during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts raised a record $450,000 to help babies from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
|When:||Sunday, February 21st, during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts|
|Where:||TSN and the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Facebook page|
|Donate:||1-866-210-6011 or online at sandraschmirler.org|
SOURCE Sandra Schmirler Foundation