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Miracles at Walmart
From May 5th – 27th your visit to Walmart can help sick kids feel better.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation is deeply grateful for our amazing partnership with Walmart, a company committed to supporting the communities they serve, as a part of the Children’s Miracle Network.
“Child health is an important cause in all communities throughout Canada,” says Erin Mackey, Manager, Community Giving, Walmart. “Our partnership with Children’s Miracle Network allows us to support 14 children’s hospitals across the country ensuring funds help local hospitals help local families.”
Walmart stores raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network one dollar at a time, from selling miracle balloons at the cash register, to hosting barbecues, and even some more unorthodox methods; All the money raised in Manitoba – stays in Manitoba.
“For Walmart Canada associates, supporting children’s hospitals goes beyond collecting donations,” says Mackey. “From the associate who raised funds by shaving all of his hair (including his moustache) to the associate who volunteered her car to be graffiti-ed for donations, supporting the families of sick children is an integral part of the culture at Walmart Canada.”
It’s a part of the culture that has been changing the lives of sick kids for many years.
“Walmart is a cherished partner with the Children’s Hospital Foundation,” says Gary Rozak, Program Director, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “Since 1994 Walmart has raised almost $4 million in Manitoba with every dollar coming back to the hospital to help a sick child.”
Each year, an average of almost $300,000 has been raised by Walmart stores in Manitoba, along with three in Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances. Those funds come through not only dollars raised at the till, but also vendor and supplier programs as well as a matching component through Walmart Canada.
Walmart employees welcome the opportunity to support the Children’s Hospital.
“Our associates are extremely passionate about supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba,” says Eric Payne, District Manager, Walmart. “Giving back locally is at the heart of Walmart Canada and our associates take pride in knowing their efforts can have a direct impact on the well-being of children in their community.”
That impact is substantial and has allowed for the purchase of critical equipment.
“The funds raised allow the hospital to purchase numerous pieces of equipment or a larger expensive piece of equipment such as a Neuro-Microscope which is $250,000 and allows delicate surgeries to be performed on brain tumors,” says Rozak. “Funds raised also go to help support clinical programs within the hospital as well as research at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.”
Bear hugs to Walmart, and their customers, for making a difference in the lives of sick kids in Manitoba, and across the country.