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The Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation hopes a group of young professionals emerges as the next generation of healthcare philanthropists.
Last summer, the SOGH Foundation started the 1981 committee, a group of 10 professionals in their 20s and 30s who raise awareness and funds for the Foundation.
"The idea was to form an advisory committee for the Foundation, where the group invests their time and energy ... to create sustainable engagement in that young demographic," said Annica Ramkissoon, SOGH Foundation marketing and fundraising officer.
"Currently, we don’t have a young demographic of donors, so we’re trying to get young people involved with what’s going on with the hospital."
The 1981 committee — named after the year the SOGH Foundation was established, (and which is also the year the first so-called ‘Millennials’ were born) — contains people from a variety of professions, including health care, law, marketing, and finance.
The 1981 committee held its first event, the Lips Don’t Lie karaoke fundraiser, on Jan. 29 at Canad Inns Garden City. The funds raised will go toward upgrading the décor and furnishings in the hospital’s family gathering rooms.
Harmanjit Mavi, 28, a lawyer with Campbell, Marr LLP, is on the 1981 committee and said he enjoyed helping to put on the Lips Don’t Lie event.
"It’s a fairly exciting way of contributing," Mavi said. "Mostly what we’re doing is marketing, so it really brings out our creative aspects. It’s something I enjoy, giving back to the community."
Ramkissoon said the committee is working on putting together a fashion event in the spring, one that will showcase local fashion designers. Funds raised will go toward improving the patient lounge in the hospital mental health unit.
The committee is also working on community outreach events directed toward refugees.
"We’re planning on having informational events for refugees, basically things people need to know when they’re new to Manitoba in terms of health challenges they may face and how to access health care," Mavi said.
Ramkissoon said much of the 1981 committee’s work focuses on chronic disease prevention and management, an area that SOGH specializes in.
"Those are key areas that this demographic is interested in, healthy eating, exercise, innovation," Ramkissoon said.
"The idea is that this group will inspire other young people to connect with us, whether it be financially or by volunteering."