Annual Campaign Will Improve Quality of Life for Kingston and area Women

Shoppers Drug Mart "Growing Women's Health" campaign presentation and kick off

On Monday, October 1, Shoppers Drug Mart will kick off the 17th annual SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Growing Women’s Health campaign in Kingston. During the four-week campaign, which will run from October 6 to November 2, Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada will accept donations from customers to help fund women’s health initiatives.

“The response to the Growing Women’s Health campaign is always so positive because donors know the funds raised stay in their own communities to provide direct support to local women’s health organizations,” says Adam Doyle, Owner / Pharmacist , Shoppers Drug Mart.  “Over the past 16 years, we’ve donated more than $35 million, nationally, thanks to the generosity of our customers and employees.”

In Kingston, the Growing Women’s Health campaign proceeds have been directed to women’s health initiatives at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) since 2006.  In total they have raised more than $191,000 for women’s health. Shoppers Drug Marts in Kingston are currently in the third year of a five-year $125,000 pledge directed toward the redevelopment of the labour and delivery suites at KHSC’s Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site.

In addition to the 2018 Growing Women’s Health campaign kickoff, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) will celebrate an additional gift of $25,704 from Shoppers Drug Mart to purchase equipment used by the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the KGH site for procedures that minimize surgical incisions in order to reduce trauma to the body. This equipment will support KHSC’s commitment to innovation and creating quality experiences for patients.

“Using equipment that helps us to provide more timely care, and that improves access for women to minimally invasive surgeries is another step in the right direction for the women of southeastern Ontario,” says Dr. Romy Nitsch, Program Medical Director, Surgery and Perioperative Services, KHSC. “This investment will help assure women that they are in the very best hands and that those hands are using the most modern tools available to them.”

About Minimally Invasive Surgery 

Minimally invasive surgeries are safer and more effective alternatives to traditional open surgery. Women experience less scarring, recover faster and experience shorter hospital stays. For the nearly one in five women who suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding, the procedures that can be done with this new equipment can target the removal of specific uterine tissues, including fibroids and polyps, without having to undergo major surgery.

About SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU.

SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Is the brand identity of Shoppers Drug Mart’s long-standing commitment to improving health outcomes for women. Associate-owners at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada select a local women’s health organization to benefit from the funds donated by customers and employees, with 100 per cent of donations remaining in the community. To make a gift in store customers can purchase and personalize a “Growing Women’s Health” icon; a “leaf” for a loonie, a “butterfly” for $5, an “apple” for $10 and a “bird” for $50.  The icons are prominently displayed on the Growing Women’s Health Tree in all participating stores.

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