During these unprecedented times, it is heartwarming to see that one of the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s signature events, the Heart and Solstice fundraiser remains a top priority for many of its supporters.

For the past 11 years, the Heart and Solstice event was hosted at various area estates to raise much needed funds for Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program receives minimal government funding and relies on fundraising events, and community-minded donors, to ensure that the program remains viable. 

Like other events during the pandemic, the 12th Annual Heart and Solstice Planning Committee heeded the provincial restrictions on large group gatherings and opted to hold a virtual fundraiser instead.The virtual event was promoted on the foundation’s website, and on its Facebook page. As well, a letter of appeal was mailed out to ensure maximum reach.  

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation and the Heart and Solstice Event Planning Committeare extremely pleased to share that over $30,000 was raised for the cause.

Joan Simon, Executive Director of the foundation stated, “I am amazed that the virtual event was so well received by our supporters. A short video was created to promote the virtual event, and the video also provided information regarding the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Brockville General Hospital”.

Joan Simon further noted, “In an effort to show our support to local businesses during these trying times, event supporters were encouraged to order take-out on June 18th from the many local restaurants, and caterers, who donated food, and refreshments, over the years for past events. It really was a win-win.”

At this time, that Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is currently closed due to COVID-19, and has no definite re-opening date. However, the current program participants continue to receive follow-up calls from the program’s RN and Kinesiologist, and new participants to the program are contacted and provided with exercise guidelines.