Charities Supported By This Lottery
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
We are so grateful to the Rotary Club of Barrie – Kempenfelt for its ongoing support of patient care at RVH and we are honoured to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of its upcoming car lottery.
Community support is vitally important to ensuring RVH can continue to provide exceptional patient care in the moments that matter most. Access to mental healthcare close to home is crucial, at every stage of life. In any given year, one in five Canadians experience mental illness. RVH provides mental health services to adults as well as to children and youth as part of its Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program.
Both programs provide a mixture of inpatient and outpatient services with an integrated approach to ensure all patients are supported in their path to recovery.
Seventy per cent of mental illness has its onset in childhood and adolescence. RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program focuses on providing better futures for young people in our community through early intervention. A proper support system to equip youth with the coping tools and strategies they need can also help offset a future mental health crisis in adulthood. Without services, their journey to recovery could take much longer.
Adult patients at RVH also receive specialized care from an interprofessional team with a focus on encouraging patients to take an active role in their care plan. With a primary focus on short-term stabilization, our team works closely with each patient to ensure they are connected to community supports upon discharge and that they remain fully supported in their path to recovery.
Donor generosity ensures RVH is able to continue providing the best possible care to all patients who require mental health services in our region and we are very grateful for your continued support.
Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
This year marks 40 years that the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has been providing a safe refuge and emergency support services for abused women and their children in its commitment to end the cycle of gender based violence.
During COVID -19, the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie is experiencing a significant increase in emergency calls and requests for support. In these times of uncertainty with stress levels at a maximum and situations of women and children being isolated with their abuser, we are seeing an increase in the intensity of calls to our crisis line and need for our services. Annual fundraising events have been cancelled and traditional fundraising efforts such as events, speaks, and third party community events have stopped.
We are working hard to create our fundraising strategy post-COVID19. In the meantime however, we are grateful for Kempenfelt Rotary and their assistance to support us through this crisis. We understand that all charities are seeing increased need during this time. The contribution that will be generated from the car lottery will provide the much needed security and support to women and children who seek our help. We cannot close our doors but the requests for service continue to come. Thank you for your help in providing a safe refuge for women and children escaping violence and abuse.
Gilda’s Club of Simcoe Muskoka
Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, family members and friends of those diagnosed, children, and people who have lost someone to cancer.
Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka provides a gathering place where people with cancer, as well as their families and friends, or people that have lost someone to cancer, can join with others to actively involve themselves in building social and emotional support as a supplement to regular medical care. Our evidence-based programming includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information.
Our free Cancer Support Program is available to people across our region thanks to our donors and supporters. Our Cancer Support Program also features a Child, Youth & Family program run by a Child Life Specialist with her MSc in Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care to help provide specialized support for members under the age of 18.
We build community, so we can take on cancer together.
All proceeds from this lottery will be directed to our free Cancer Support Program. Our Cancer Support Program encompasses all of our member-directed work including professionally-led support groups, social and community activities, educational workshops and lectures, kids and teens support groups, and more. Virtual adaptations continue for 2021, including 1-on-1 counselling opportunities.