MARKHAM, ON, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadians of Pakistani Origin
(COPO) of Ontario hosted their 11th Annual Fundraising Gala on March 22 at the Crystal Fountain Banquet
Hall, adding $100,000 to their previous commitment to Markham
Stouffville Hospital Foundation's $50 million expansion campaign.
COPO's total contribution to the Hospital now stands at more than $1.25
This sold out event brought together more than 650 guests, including
politicians, diplomats, community leaders and philanthropists, in
celebration of Pakistan National Day and to raise funds for local
causes, including the expansion of MSH.
"Year after year, I am inspired by my fellow Muslims and Pakistanis as
they continue to support Markham Stouffville Hospital," says Khalid
Usman, Chair of COPO. "We know that a strong hospital is the
cornerstone of any vibrant, growing community, so giving to our
community hospital is easy."
Usman, a former Town Councillor and current member of the MSH
Foundation's Board and Campaign Cabinet, continues to raise the bar for
COPO while challenging other ethno cultural groups within Markham and
Stouffville to support the Hospital as well.
"Without the support of the Canadians of Pakistani Origin and all our
generous donors, the very recent opening of our new building could not
have happened," says Suzette Strong, CEO, Markham Stouffville Hospital
Foundation. "As we celebrate one milestone, we also look ahead to the
next phase in our expansion as the renewal of the original building
begins. These extensive renovations, along with our fundraising efforts
will continue for the next 12 to 18 months."
Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation has recognized COPO's generosity
by naming the Emergency Department Orange Zone and a Radiography Suite
in their honour. COPO's donation to Markham Stouffville Hospital
ensures that thousands of families in the community will continue to
have access to high quality care close to home.
About Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation
Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation exists to provide financial
support as the hospital fulfils its mandate of providing compassionate,
patient-centred care. Building a hospital is a partnership between the
hospital, government and the community - each playing a significant
role. All medical equipment is funded through donations from the
community. Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation is raising
$50 million to support the expansion and renewal of the hospital as it
continues to provide excellent quality care to the community.
For more information on how to give, please visit us at http://www.msh.on.ca/mshf
About Canadians of Pakistani Origin
Canadians of Pakistani Origin (COPO) in Ontario is a registered
not-for-profit organization that aims to unite the Pakistani and Muslim
communities with other cultural communities while promoting
understanding and respect for national laws and human rights standards.
Fundraising and giving back to communities that are kind and welcoming
to Pakistani and Muslim immigrants is a core objective of the
organization. COPO does not provide grants intended to influence
legislation or support candidates for political office.
SOURCE: Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation
For further information:
Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation
381 Church Street, Markham, ON L3P 7P3
Tel: 905-472-7373 ext. 6972