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Nick & Marina Boudouris and family match GivingTuesday donations to GBGH Foundation.


Nick & Marina with Sling

GBGH Foundation raising funds for Patient Slings for GivingTuesday

Global Day of Giving Takes Place this Year on December 3rd.

The Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation is raising funds for Patient Slings this GivingTuesday – a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the “unofficial” opening day of the giving season.

In honour of this international day of giving, the GBGH Foundation is asking the community to help purchase 50 urgently needed slings ($400 each) to help patients at GBGH regain their independence and mobility.

Slings can be used for many purposes – to help a recovering patient out of bed so they can take a bath or shower for the first time after a long period of critical care or hospitalization, to move a patient with a broken hip into a wheelchair so they can become mobile again, or to help a stroke patient begin to take the first steps towards recovery.

To help the Foundation achieve their goal of purchasing 50 new patient slings, Nick and Marina Boudouris and family have offered to match all donations on GivingTuesday, up to a total of $10,000. That means for every $200 donated, a sling can be purchased for patients at GBGH.

“The hospital is so important in our community.  We are happy to help give patients some independence and dignity, by helping to purchase these slings,” says Nick Boudouris, owner of OPA Catering, the World Famous Dock Lunch and operator of Restaurant Sainte-Marie.  “I challenge all of our local businesses to join me in supporting this campaign – I’ll match you dollar-for-dollar until we buy all the slings the hospital needs.”

Businesses, media and individuals can get involved by joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, sharing our stories and posts on social media, and making a donation on Tuesday, December 3rd.