Premier Robert Ghiz and Kim Dolan, Scotties Tournament of Hearts Host Committee Chair, were on hand recently to officially declare Sandra Schmirler Day on P.E.I. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation is raising funds for the QEH NICU and will match every dollar raised, up to $50,000.
This is Sandra Schmirler Day on Prince Edward Island.
Joan McCusker, a member of the famed Schmirler women’s curling teams from Saskatchewan, is on the Island to help honour the late Sandra Schmirler’s memory and raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
McCusker will emcee a down- home kitchen party in the HeartStop Lounge at the Civic Centre today starting at 5 p.m.
This is the second day of action in the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Prince Edward island plays twice today, at 2:30 p.m. against Quebec and 7:30 p.m. against Saskatchewan. Watch for updates on The Guardian website.
The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created in January 2001 to "honour of Sandra's lasting legacy as a loving mother and the skip of Canada's first Olympic gold medal curling team."
Partnering with hospitals across Canada, the foundation raises and donates funds to enhance the care of premature and critically ill babies.
Each year since Sandra's passing, the host province has declared a day during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts as Sandra Schmirler Day.
This year, the foundation is partnering with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation in a number of fundraising initiatives which will benefit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), by purchasing a Pediatric Retinal Camera.
Each year, approximately 150 premature babies are admitted to the NICU, which includes babies born here and babies transferred back home from an off-Island referral hospital. However, up-to-date medical equipment is essential to keep our services running.
Today’s kitchen party will feature some Maritime food, auction items, an up-close and personal interview with Joan to hear her story and "Boys in the Kitchen" will be taking the stage. Donations will be accepted at the door and the public is urged to come out and enjoy the special time and raise money that will be given directly to the QEH Foundation for the NICU.
The Sandra Schmirler Foundation will match up to $50,000 in donations.