TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Dr. Vance Pegado is one Canadian doctor who
doesn't want patient gifts this year. The Burlington-based physician
is giving up his holiday gifts for a worthy cause.
After many years of receiving bottles of wine and chocolates from his
patients, Dr. Vance Pegado decided that this was the year to turn those
material gifts into donations that would help African men, women and
children in need.
This year, Dr. Pegado is giving up his holiday gifts to help fight poverty in rural Africa - and asking his patients to make a donation in support of Canadian
Physicians for Aid & Relief (CPAR) instead of giving him material
gifts. The doctor has set up a waiting room display in his office with
postcards and posters about the campaign.
Dr. Pegado makes it clear that patients should in no way feel obliged to
give but if they are planning on giving him a holiday gift this year he
would rather that it be in the form of a donation to help provide African community members with some of life's most basic
needs such as clean water, secure livelihoods, adequate and nutritious
foods, safe sanitation and a healthy environment.
"Helping others is part of me," says Dr. Pegado. "With this genuine
motivation in my practice, many patients are bound to feel the same.
For those who wish to show their appreciation this holiday season, let
them help those who are truly in need."
Patients can support the cause by donating at the office or donating
online at www.giveupyourgifts.ca and making a donation to a list of meaningful life-changing projects
like supporting people living with HIV&AIDS, providing clean water or
nutritious foods to families in need.
All donations will go to support CPAR's critical health and development
projects in rural Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania.
Toronto-based Dr. Jim Sugiyama is following Dr. Pegado's lead and also
giving up his patient holiday gifts in support of CPAR's critical
health and development projects.
Both doctors are also challenging other physicians who receive a lot of
patient gifts each year to consider giving up their gifts for Africa.
They are hoping that their efforts will give more meaning to the act of
SOURCE CANADIAN PHYSICIANS FOR AID AND RELIEF (CPAR)
For further information: For further information:
For more information about the Give Up Your Gifts for Africa Holiday Campaign or to arrange interviews with Dr. Pegado or Dr. Sugiyama, please contact:
Roxane Tracey, CPAR
416-369-0865 ext. 26