A new charitable partnership between this summer’s Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival and the Hospital for Sick Children will help Caribbean kids with pediatric cancer and serious blood disorders.
The Carnival, marking its 51st anniversary of celebrating Caribbean culture in Toronto, has chosen the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative as the beneficiary of its gala Carnival Ball on Friday, July 27. Proceeds from the black-tie event – one of the highlights of the four-week festival – will be donated to the initiative.
In partnership with six Caribbean countries, SickKids is building local capacity through the charitable initiative to advance the study, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer and serious blood disorders across the region.
“We’re proud to work with SickKids, one of the world’s top hospitals for children, on an initiative that will help so many Caribbean kids and their families,” says Denise Herrera Jackson, CEO, Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival. “This partnership is a perfect fit for what we are all about, which is celebrating the best of Caribbean culture.”
In the Caribbean, children with cancer and serious blood disorders often face a poorer chance of survival. Due to a lack of health-care professionals with specialized training, limited technology, sparse data on disease outcomes, and unique geopolitical challenges, many patients are currently not able to receive the life-saving care they desperately need.
As a child health leader, SickKids has the know-how and the track record of successful partnerships to deliver the best possible care to patients everywhere. Over the past four and a half years, SickKids has been working together with seven local partners to improve the capacity to diagnose and care for children in The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Funds raised through the Carnival Ball will allow SickKids and its Caribbean partners to close the gap in survival rates and improve health outcomes for children living with pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
The Carnival Ball, to be held Friday, July 27 in the luxurious Riviera Events & Convention Centre in Vaughan, promises an unforgettable night of dazzling Mas’ finery, along with top Steelpan, Calypso and Soca music and performances.
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The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival kicked off on July 8 and continues through . For more information about programs and events, please visit The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue, Toronto. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Email: .