Mississauga, On – Tour de Bleu, the annual fundraiser hosted by Mattamy Homes and the Peter Gilgan Foundation, took place this past weekend and raised an astounding $4.7 million in support of the Seniors Care Program at Trillium Health Partners (THP) – the largest amount raised to date by the event.
After postponing the 2020 event due to COVID-19, Tour de Bleu welcomed a group of more than 60 cyclists who, on September 12, 2021, completed the final portion of their ride from scenic Muskoka to Mississauga, all in support of improving health care services for seniors in our community and beyond.
Never has there been a more important time to support seniors care at THP. Over the next 20 years, THP will experience more demand for care than any other hospital system in the province, largely driven by seniors. Most live with two or more complex conditions and comprise more than two thirds of THP’s current patient population, with the total number of seniors in the region set to more than double in the next 20 years.
The Peter Gilgan Foundation chose to support the hospital through Tour de Bleu because of their belief in the people of THP, who are committed to innovation and exceptional patient care and who have, since March of last year, been on the front lines of the pandemic.
“The huge success of the event means the world to our staff and physicians,” said Karli Farrow, President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners. “COVID-19 highlighted our need for more accessible, equitable care, especially for those who are elderly. Tour de Bleu’s record gift will ensure that we can continue to innovate in order to provide exceptional care that meets the needs of our seniors.
The funds raised through this year’s Tour de Bleu will help create new innovative service models for seniors, including an expanded virtual platform, to provide connected, accessible care to our aging community.
“We are thrilled to partner with Trillium Health Partners and support a new kind of health care for a healthier community. Seniors today face many challenges,” said Peter Gilgan, Chairman and CEO of Mattamy Asset Management and founder of the Peter Gilgan Foundation. “It’s a pleasure to invest in a hospital that is helping to lead the charge toward more equitable and accessible virtual health care.”
Now in its 16th year, Tour de Bleu has raised close to $30 million for notable charities such as SickKids Hospital, William Osler Health Centre, Markham Stouffville Hospital, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Women’s College Hospital, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of the THP Foundation, added, “The generosity of the Peter Gilgan Foundation and all of the riders, donors and sponsors of this year’s Tour de Bleu is especially timely and most appreciated. We are immensely grateful to all involved with this year’s event – you are playing a crucial role in helping us transform health care for a healthier community today – and for generations to come.”
About The Peter Gilgan Foundation:
The Peter Gilgan Foundation is a private foundation created by philanthropist and business leader Peter Gilgan. Donations totaling more than $275 million have been directed to a variety of causes, including health and wellness, recreation and active lifestyles, educational institutions, international development and environmental protection. The Peter Gilgan Foundation’s current focus is on children, youth, and families, as well as environmental protection and international development. Visit www.petergilganfoundation.org for more information.
About Trillium Health Partners:
Trillium Health Partners is the largest community-based hospital system in Ontario. Comprised of Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, Trillium Health Partners serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities. Trillium Health Partners is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and is an associate member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.
About Trillium Health Foundation:
Trillium Health Partners Foundation is dedicated to raising the critical funds needed to address the highest-priority needs of Trillium Health Partners, the largest community-based hospital system in Ontario
About Mattamy Homes:
Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with a 40-plus year history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of home ownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 11 markets – Charlotte, Dallas, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida – and in Canada, its communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com for more information.
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