Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation’s second annual ZOO DAY, held on June 9, was a tremendous success. Despite the rain, the event drew an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,600 participants and raised $625,000 through online donations and contributions collected during the event. And more donations are still coming in to support the vital healthcare services at SHN’s Birchmount, Centenary, and General hospitals. 

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who joined us and contributed to shaping a future of exceptional healthcare for Scarborough. For too long, our incredible healthcare teams have done more than anyone thought possible with less than anyone could imagine. Now, imagine what we can do with more. The funds raised will directly impact our ability to modernize facilities and introduce innovative healthcare services, ensuring that our community receives the best care possible,” said Alicia Vandermeer, President & CEO of SHN Foundation.

This unique event, presented by Scotiabank, featured a walk through the zoo and culminated in the Love, Scarborough Festival, presented by Alphawave Semi, at the Savanna Picnic Site. Hosted by CP24’s Kayla-Marie Williams, the festival showcased an array of cultural performances, delicious food, unique animal encounters, and family-friendly activities, creating a vibrant atmosphere for attendees.

Janine Johnson, a grateful patient reflected on her experience, “During the pandemic, I went into SHN’s General Hospital for surgery without anyone by my side. It was scary, but the staff made me feel comfortable and supported. SHN ZOO DAY is a chance to give back to the hospitals that have given so much to my family.”

This event, SHN’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is crucial for advancing healthcare services, including the groundbreaking doctor-at-the-door emergency department at Centenary Hospital and the brand new Northpine Diagnostic Imaging department opening later this year at Scarborough General Hospital.