Calgary, AB – Canadian Pacific (CP) is proud to announce that fundraising efforts over the past two years for the CPKC Women’s Open (CPWO) have helped raise more than $2.8 million to support important equipment purchases and research at BC Children’s Hospital, along with an additional $557,000 for Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital.
“CP is honored to support BC Children’s Hospital in their critical efforts to improve cardiac care for children,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “For two years in a row, due to the pandemic, we have not been able to hold the CPKC Women’s Open, but that has not diminished the incredible generosity of the community. We are grateful for the community’s ongoing participation and support, and look forward to bringing the CPWO back once it is safe to do so.”
The funds will go toward cardiac ultrasound machines, research supporting the catheterization program and two graduate students who will conduct full-time pediatric cardiac research.
“When we set out on our quest to transform cardiac care for kids in BC, we knew we couldn’t do it alone. That is why we are so grateful for the support of partners like Canadian Pacific,” said Malcolm Berry, President and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We want to extend a huge thank you to CP for being with us every step of the way. From securing innovative equipment to advancing ground-breaking research and training, this partnership has helped us take significant steps forward to ensure that heart disease doesn’t stop children from living full, healthy lives.”
“Every day at the Heart Centre, we see first-hand the transformative impact of CP’s longstanding support of children facing health challenges because of their heart condition,” said Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani, Head, Division of Cardiology at BC Children’s Hospital. “Many of the strides we’ve made have become possible through CP’s generosity. Thank you, CP, for helping us transform cardiac care for kids in BC.”
CP also raised more than $557,000 to support its community partner Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. These funds will support a renovation and equipment for a new cardiac department at the hospital.
“The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation is honoured to be the community partner of CP and would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for helping to raise over $557,000,” said Heidi Coleman Royal Inland Hospital Foundation CEO. “Through the matching initiatives they have provided us, we were able to double our impact at Royal Inland Hospital. Through CP’s contribution, we will enhance cardiac care within the Thompson Cariboo Health Service Area.”
Since assuming title sponsorship of the CPKC Women’s Open, CP has helped raise more than $16.85 million to support children’s heart health in Canada.
“CP’s continued commitment to a make a difference and leave a meaningful legacy in the name of the CPKC Women’s Open has been extraordinary,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “We are so proud to witness first-hand the special impact of CP on the lives of countless Canadians, and we are thrilled that the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Royal Inland Hospital, and the Vancouver community at large will benefit from their incredible generosity.”
The 2022 CPKC Women’s Open will be played in Ottawa at the Ottawa Hunt Club from August 22 – 28, 2022.