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SICKKIDS LAUNCHES $1.3 BILLION FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BUILD A NEW HOSPITAL

Today, SickKids Foundation announces the SickKids VS Limits campaign with a fundraising goal of $1.3 billion, the largest in Canadian health care history.

In anticipation of today’s public launch, $570 million in donations and pledges has been secured through philanthropy. This includes support from corporate partners, community organizations, events, individuals and families, reflecting the full breadth of the donor community.

The VS Limits fundraising campaign supports three key elements: re-imagining the campus, including building a new patient care centre on University Avenue ($600 million); continuing breakthrough paediatric health research ($600 million); and establishing partnerships for better, coordinated patient care ($100 million). The campaign period is anticipated to run through to March 31, 2022, just shy of five years from now.

When The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was built at 555 University Avenue in 1949, it was the largest children’s hospital in the world. Some 87,000 donors contributed to the capital campaign and 85,000 Torontonians lined up for pre-opening tours – that’s more than four times the capacity of the Air Canada Centre. The hospital expanded in 1993, nearly 25 years ago, with the opening of the Atrium building at 170 Elizabeth Street.

More information on SickKids Foundation, please visit: www.sickkidsfoundation.com