On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Business Social Network (BSN) will be hosting their second Fill the Gap event at the Retro Suites, benefiting the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) Patient Basket Program.
“Our inaugural Fill the Gap was an overwhelming success,” says Andrew Thiel, a member of BSN. “We realize the need to provide comfort and essentials to patients is an ongoing necessity and want to build off our first event with an even bigger impact.”
BSN is a unique networking group for Chatham-Kent businesses and community entrepreneurs that holds meetings and/or events bi-weekly. During the original Fill the Gap event, attendees donated cash or travel sized ‘everyday essential’ items in lieu of an entrance fee. The items are provided to out of town hospital patients and those receiving care that are in need of essential items while receiving care at CKHA.
“We are pleased that businesses are getting behind the initiative,” says Jeff Comiskey, member BSN. “Both Greenfield Specialty Alcohols and the Chatham O.P.P. offices are collecting items through their offices, two local bank branches are also collecting items, and Heritage Dental Centres is donating a bulk lot of tooth brushes/floss/toothpaste. It is truly exciting to see this event moving to the next level.”
The BSN group donated an iPad Mini that was drawn from all attendees at the last event, and will be doing so again at the October 20 event. There will also be complimentary hors d’oeuvres supplied by the Chilled Cork and numerous door prizes donated by local businesses. During the previous Fill the Gap event held in March of 2016, more then $700 was collected in addition to 3500 items like toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, hair brushes and related items.
About the CKHA Oncology Gift Basket Program
In 2012, Karen Brodie and her good friend Barb Lather, delivered a basket of products, ranging from soap and shampoo to toothbrushes, hand sanitizer and head scarves, among many other items, to the Foundation of CKHA. The products, which are recommended for those going through cancer treatments, were for CKHA’s Oncology patients. At the time, both Karen and Barb were battling cancer themselves and wanted to help those in similar situations, by providing necessities that some cancer patients may not be able to afford.
Sadly, Karen lost her brave battle with cancer in January 2013. In her memory, family, friends and colleagues donated funds to the Foundation of CKHA to support this program that she and Barb had lovingly and generously created in 2012. More than $33,600 has been raised to date in Karen’s memory for the CKHA Oncology Gift Basket Program.