St. Catharines, ON: Grape Growers of Ontario thank all of the frontline support workers for their dedication and support during these unprecedented times. We heard your challenge Premier Ford and today, the Grape Growers of Ontario meet that challenge by strengthening Niagara Health care while calling on our business community to give back.
Recognizing the urgent need to support those affected by the COVID-19 virus, the Grape Growers of Ontario have committed to the purchase of a ventilator for the Niagara Health System. Ventilators used in hospitals can cost $66,000 per ventilator and are desperately needed to treat severe cases of this respiratory illness.
“This is where we live and work and raise our families, and this pandemic has affected all of us in some way,” says Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair, Grape Growers of Ontario. “We see this as an opportunity, even a responsibility, to give back to our community.”
The Grape Growers of Ontario challenge their industry partners, businesses and suppliers to step up and invest in needed resources for Ontario communities to tackle COVID-19.
“Ventilators are a vital piece of equipment to manage those most seriously affected by this virus, and the Grape Growers of Ontario want to do our part to help in these difficult times,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario. Please help!
“We are deeply grateful for the support we have received from Grape Growers of Ontario and other organizations in Niagara,” says Roger Ali, President and CEO of Niagara Health Foundation. “During these difficult times, the Foundation continues to carry out its work supporting our medical teams and our hospitals, which is becoming more critical by the day. This vital life-saving ventilator will be used in our frontline to combat COVID-19.”
Niagara Health Foundation has launched an online community campaign to help support Niagara Health in their efforts to combat COVID-19. The Foundation is collecting donations to help purchase equipment, along with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Funds raised will directly help patients at Niagara Health who have been diagnosed with the virus.
Click here for a picture of the Niagara Health Virtual Cheque Exchange between Roger Ali, President and CEO, Niagara Health Foundation and Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair, Grape Growers of Ontario.Source : Grape Growers of Ontario