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Community Champion: The Winnipeg Police Association
Did you know that Winnipeg is home to the longest running annual charity function of its kind in North America? It’s the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) Charity Ball in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
“The Children’s Hospital Foundation has been one of the WPA’s favourite charities of choice for over 25 years,” said Maurice (Moe) Sabourin, President of the Winnipeg Police Association. “It’s an ingrained trait within police officers that you try to help the less fortunate and most vulnerable of society, and children are the most vulnerable. We feel it’s our community responsibility to be involved and provide money to the Children’s Hospital.”
The Annual Winnipeg Police Association Charity Ball takes place in April at Canad Inns Polo Park. The ongoing commitment of the WPA to helping sick kids is deeply appreciated.
“For over 25 years, members of the Winnipeg Police Association have consistently supported the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba,” says Tanya Williams, Director of Communications, Children’s Hospital Foundation. “To date, the WPA has raised over half a million dollars and supported over 3 million visits to the hospital. They have helped save the lives of over 3 million children. It’s a remarkable accomplishment and we could not be more grateful.”
Gratitude is abundant during the Ball, which is a night of giving and fun.
“The evening is always a great time,” says Moe. “We get to hear from each year’s Champion Child, which is always a highlight. The kids share their story which gives the guests a real understanding of what Children’s Hospital is all about. We have a fabulous dinner and some dancing, as well as a performance by the Police Pipe Band. There’s a silent auction and a 50-50 with all of the proceeds going to Children’s Hospital. We really try to focus on the charity and encourage everyone to be generous, as their support affects children and their treatment.”
The Children’s Hospital touches a large portion of the population which makes it easy for the WPA to offer their support, but for some it’s even more personal.
“My child had a kidney removed when he was 18 months,” recalls Moe, “and the Children’s Hospital is very special to my heart. As Winnipeggers I think we are all generous when it comes to taking care of our communities. The citizens of Winnipeg are pretty amazing.”
Just as amazing is the WPA and their commitment to helping sick kids feel better.
To purchase tickets to this year’s Charity Ball, contact the WPA office at (204) 957-1579.