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CanWest gives $500,000 to Sick Kids Hospital

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TORONTO - The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, also known as Sick Kids Foundation, announced today it has received a $500,000 gift from CanWest Global Communications Corp. establishing the CanWest Endowment for Innovative Health Promotion at The Hospital for Sick Children.

The fund will generate income to support the AboutKidsHealth Family Resource Centre and web site, www.AboutKidsHealth.ca, two Sick Kids initiatives developed to ensure families in Toronto, across Canada and around the world have access to advice from the world-renowned health care professionals at The Hospital for Sick Children.

"We are extremely pleased with the gift from CanWest," says Michael O'Mahoney, president of Sick Kids Foundation. "This endowment will provide ongoing support for a resource that gives parents around the world the information they need to understand the health issues facing their children."

The AboutKidsHealth Family Resource Centre, located in the hospital, is managed by a registered nurse and provides information for patient families to support medical decision making, disease management, safety and healthy living.

Newly launched, AboutKidsHealth.ca is a new resource from Sick Kids where parents can read about the latest child health news, find in-depth information on complex medical conditions, or search a range of everyday topics from child development to safety advice. The information and articles on the web site are evidence-based and have been developed in close collaboration with expert health-care professionals at Sick Kids.

"The CanWest mission is to enlighten, inform and entertain and we are delighted to assist the efforts of this great hospital to enhance the flow of important health care information to people around the world," says Gary Maavara, vice-president, public relations.
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