P.K. Subban and his foundation have raised, to date, $6.3M net for The Children’s
P.K. Subban, the P.K. Subban Foundation (PKSF) and The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation are proud to announce that $6.3M net has been raised so far toward P.K.’s historic $10M pledge to The Montreal Children’s Hospital.
“I want to thank all the donors, sponsors, and everyone who either participated in my fundraising events, donated to my foundation or gave directly to my fund, P.K.’s Helping Hand, at The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said P.K. Subban. “In 2015, I gave those kids and their families my word and thanks to you, I can keep it. I am proud of what we have accomplished together, and we’re not done yet!”
In 2015, Subban announced he and the PKSF were committing to raise $10M over seven years for The Children’s. Because of the pandemic’s impact on fundraising events, he extended his commitment to ten years and is considering continuing the partnership for the long term.
During the pandemic, Subban visited kids and teens being treated at The Children’s when it was safe to do so, and when it wasn’t, he visited with patients through virtual hangouts. However, he was unable to accomplish one key goal:
“When we hit a big milestone in our pledge, I intended to share the good news with our donors and celebrate with the kids at The Children’s, but the pandemic made that unsafe and impossible,” said Subban. “Even though we couldn’t have a big fun event with the kids, it is important everyone who has supported me knows their donations are changing the game for thousands of sick children and their families.”
A heartfelt, long-term relationship
Renée Vézina, President of The Children’s Foundation, said she is amazed at what Subban has accomplished as spokesperson and ambassador for the Foundation, particularly in the face of a pandemic, that made it difficult, even at times impossible, to hold in-person fundraising events for two years.
“We are honoured to work with P.K. and proud of what he has accomplished, particularly with the challenges presented by COVID. We have seen firsthand that P.K. has inspired many new people and companies to support The Children’s,” said Mme Vézina. “We are also thrilled P.K. has expressed an interest in continuing his partnership with us beyond 2025. This would be great news for fundraising but even better news for sick children because it would mean more special hospital visits and events for our young patients.”
P.K. and the PKSF’s $10M commitment supports programs that help over 9,000 sick children and their families each year, including:
- Le SPOT Montréal, a mental health centre for teens in suicidal crisis
- Help for refugee families whose children are patients at The Children’s
- Financial aid for families facing financial hardship due to their child’s illness
- Free premium T.V. and Wi-Fi for patient rooms
- Bone-anchored hearing aids for children whose families cannot afford them
- Craniofacial equipment
- Books for babies and fresh food for the parents of children receiving care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Home equipment and supplies for kids with respiratory problems
- Beads of courage for patients undergoing painful medical procedures
- Summer programs for hospitalized patients and their siblings
- Free lunches for children with cystic fibrosis.