Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

June 23, 2005 08:50 ET

$1.3 million raised at Hip Hip Hooray!

For orthopaedic research, education and care Attention: City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 23, 2005) - On Sunday, May 29 thousands of walkers and orthopaedic professionals in more than 40 communities across the country raised $1.3 million for the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation in the 14th annual Hip Hip Hooray! walk. Hip Hip Hooray! is the signature fundraising event of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation and is a symbolic walk celebrating patients return to mobility.

"Patients feel a strong attachment to Hip Hip Hooray! and the event offers them a chance to re-connect with their surgical team," says Dr. Paul Wright, orthopaedic surgeon and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Foundation. "My patients love to see photos of themselves in my office. It shows them and new patients that their surgical team is truly interested in their recovery."

"This is a particularly special year for patients and surgeons with the Canadian government elevating the importance of reducing wait times to surgery," says Dr. Ted Rumble, orthopaedic surgeon and National Chair of the Foundation's Hip Hip Hooray! program. "Many patients participating in Hip Hip Hooray! have received a hip or knee replacement. Depending on where they live, some had to wait up to a year for a replacement. Canada can and will do better."

The Foundation, in partnership with the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the national professional membership association for orthopaedic surgeons, is taking an active role as the patient voice in efforts to reduce wait times to surgery.

"On behalf of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the 2005 Hip Hip Hooray! walk that makes our charitable initiatives possible," says Doug Thomson, CEO and President of the Foundation. "I'd especially like to thank the orthopaedic surgeons for their support and the volunteers without whom this event would not take place. Our thanks are also extended to our national sponsor, Pfizer Canada Inc., and to the numerous community sponsors across Canada."

The funds raised by Canadians across the country support improvements to community care such as equipment purchases and educational needs. Over 50 percent of the funds raised will be invested directly in the communities in which they were raised. The funds also support the national research, education, and patient support programs of the Foundation. In 2004, the Foundation distributed more than $200,000 directly to Canadian orthopaedic research through its grants and awards program, and approximately $100,000 was directed to continuing education of professionals such as residents and nurses.

Join the Foundation on Sunday, May 28, 2006 for the 15th annual Hip Hip Hooray! event. To celebrate, the Foundation aims to have a Hip Hip Hooray! walk in every community that has hosted an event since its inception in 1992.

Founded in 1965, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is a mid-sized registered Canadian charity powered by a professional staff and network of over 300 volunteers. The Foundation is Canada's only charitable organization dedicated solely to helping people maintain and restore their bone and joint - or orthopaedic - health. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds through public donations and allocating those funds to initiatives that will contribute to achieving its Mission: to achieve excellence in bone and joint health, mobility and function for all Canadians through the advancement of research, education, and care.

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/For further information: Debbie Gates
Communications & Education Manager
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
Tel.: 416-410-2341 or 1-800-461-3639 ext. 3
Direct tel.: 905-799-2719
Cell phone: 416-577-3251
Fax: 416-352-5078
Website: www.canorth.org or www.hiphiphooray.org

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Contact Information

  • Debbie Gates, Communications & Education Manager, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-410-2341 ext. 3
    Secondary Phone: 905-799-2719
    Toll-Free: 800-461-3639
    E-mail: debbie@canorth.org