Day of Giving collaboration and full day of volunteer activity marks expanded partnership with SickKids, building on $230,000 donation in support of hospital's Epilepsy Classroom
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - More than 500 Samsung Canada employees across the country will join together in celebrating Samsung's annual Day of Giving initiative, a company-wide program in support of children's hospital partners that will see employees give not only their time but - in a unique twist on volunteering - their innovative thinking.
"All Samsung employees share a passion for innovation and technology, and we'll be tapping into that creativity in unique brainstorming sessions throughout the day," said HT Kim, President and CEO, Samsung Canada. "This type of creative thinking is in our DNA, and we are excited to see what kinds of fresh thinking we can contribute to help improve the lives of those patients and families at children's hospitals."
As part of Samsung's Citizenship program, in partnership with children's hospitals in each regional office location – The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Montreal Children's Hospital and BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver – Samsung will commit to technology, resources and funding support to try to bring at least one employee-generated innovation idea to life to benefit patients and their families.
In addition to these brainstorming sessions, Samsung employees will also be preparing a variety of support kits for patients and their families to help ease the difficulty of hospitalization.
Samsung and the SickKids Epilepsy Classroom
Nearly a year ago, Samsung Canada asked its Toronto employees which organization they would most like to benefit from the company's charitable activities and the response from employees was clear: SickKids. Beginning in early 2014, Samsung worked with SickKids to identify an opportunity to support their Epilepsy Classroom, an initiative that aligned with Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow children's education program.
To date, Samsung Canada has donated more than $230,000 in Solve for Tomorrow grant funding and classroom technology to the SickKids Epilepsy Classroom. The Epilepsy Classroom, in partnership with the Toronto District Elementary School Board, is an initiative of the SickKids Centre for Brain & Mental Health and provides a specially designed program to meet the individual learning and social-emotional needs of children living with severe Epilepsy.
"Our students light up when they use the Samsung tablet technology in the Epilepsy Classroom, and we see the difference it makes in keeping learning fun for them," said Dr. Elizabeth Kerr, Program Head of the SickKids Epilepsy Classroom. "Thanks to Samsung's support, we'll also be able to keep a high level of resource support in the classroom. Combined with the technology, the positive impact it will have for our students is incredible."
With these efforts, Samsung Canada hopes to make a meaningful difference in the lives of child patients, their families and their caregivers.
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Image with caption: "Pictured: More than 400 of Samsung Canada’s employees volunteered their time for the company’s Day of Giving initiative in support of SickKids. In a unique twist on volunteering, employees shared their innovative ideas to improve the lives of patients and families; Samsung hopes to try to bring at least one idea to life at the hospital. (CNW Group/Samsung Electronics Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141009_C2132_PHOTO_EN_6552.jpg
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