Toronto, ON (Sept. 26, 2019) – PCL Construction will lead an army of 4,000 supporters through the streets of Toronto on Sept. 28 to raise awareness and funds to build a new SickKids.
“As the construction manager of SickKids’ new Patient Support Centre, PCL is committed to deliver the expertise and passion required to build SickKids’ vision of an inspired hospital of the future,” said Kelly Wallace, vice president and district manager, PCL Toronto.
For the Children
Construction of the Patient Support Centre (PSC) is a critical first step for SickKids’ full campus redevelopment plan Project Horizon.
The PSC will house the hospital’s education, simulation, and core administrative services in a modern, technology-enabled and sustainable office tower. Demolition of the structure that will be replaced by the tower is underway, with new construction to follow in late fall, 2019.
To raise the required $1.3 billion to build a new hospital campus, SickKids Foundation launched SickKids VS Limits, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian health care history.
“Building for an organization like SickKids that takes care of the most prized members of our lives, our children, when they are at their most vulnerable creates a profound impact in knowing that we can contribute to their mission in some small way,” said Curtis Paddock, senior construction manager, PCL Toronto.
To bring attention to the cause, PCL partnered with the foundation to take on the presenting role of their largest signature event, GetLoud. A family-friendly fundraiser, the event takes the energy and momentum of the campaign to the streets, in an epic one-day event that will see over 5,000 SickKids patients, family members, staff, and supporters march through Fort York, then celebrate with food, fun and a music festival.
PCL Toronto also aligned its Building Community program, which encourages employees to volunteer in the community, with this year’s GetLoud march and festival.
As part of the PCL Hard Hat Crew, employees and their families will have an active presence at the event, from lending a hand with set up and take down, to leading the march, and creating experiences to build kid-friendly projects during the day.
“PCL’s family culture encourages a generous spirit because as company owners, it’s our shared responsibility to build healthy communities” said Wallace. “Many of us have been touched in some way by the transformational care of SickKids, and on Sept. 28 I invite you all to get loud with us and join the fight for a new SickKids.”
Watch this video to learn why PCL is Getting Loud for SickKids.
Visit www.GetLoudforSickKids.ca for full event details.
About PCL Toronto
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Australia. These diverse operations in infrastructure, heavy industrial and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Backed by PCL’s 114-year legacy, and with more than four decades of experience in Southwestern Ontario’s dynamic construction market, the Toronto office is PCL’s largest district with more than 550 of the construction industry’s most-talented professionals and an annual construction volume of more than $1 billion CAD.
About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world's foremost pediatric health care institutions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a record-breaking year in fundraising, SickKids Foundation generated an unprecedented $159 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.
SickKids VS Limits
In 2017, SickKids launched the SickKids VS Limits campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian health-care history with the goal of $1.3 billion through philanthropy to build a new SickKids. The reimagined hospital of the future will not only help solve critical infrastructure issues, it will transform health-care for children in Canada and around the world with cutting-edge operating suites, more room for families and more room for the innovative technologies allowing us to deliver better outcomes. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.