Help Give more to Your Local Children’s Hospital with Givesome

  • October 28th, 2019

At Cowbell, our team strives to ‘Do the Right Thing’ every day. We live this motto in every aspect of our business, and the Greener Pastures Community Fund is one of the ways we are sharing the journey with our Community. From the very first pint sold in May 2016, Cowbell has been donating 5 cents per can and pint sold to the Greener Pastures Community Fund, which supports the four children’s hospitals in Ontario.

For the Cowbell team, financial support to the hospitals is only one aspect of our commitment. It is our goal to support the foundations through event participation and by raising awareness of the important and life-changing work of the remarkable people in these world-class hospitals. The hospitals continue to innovate, find cures and provide outstanding care to children facing many challenges. Our team is able to witness firsthand the impact of the Greener Pastures Community Fund at the hospitals and now that experience can be shared with Cowbell fans.

The Greener Pastures Community Fund is being expanded through an exciting partnership with Givesome, a tech start-up, based in Guelph, Ontario, which is a crowdfunding platform for nonprofits and charitable organizations.

Givesome is an app-based platform designed to make giving easy and accessible. It allows users to donate $2, $5 or $10 to projects of their choice. All from the convenience of their smartphone. Once the project is completed, donors receive a video that showcases the positive impact of the funds given, including who they helped.

The following projects will be featured on the Cowbell Carousel of the Givesome app:

  1. McMaster Children’s Hospital (Hamilton) - Feeding Pump for Neonatal ICU (McMaster)

Syringe infusion pumps deliver medication and fluids from a variety of syringe sizes in acute care settings, including critical care environments such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These pumps allow the NICU team to provide the safest possible care to critically ill and fragile premature babies who require very small, precise and accurate dosages to meet their unique and specialized medical needs. Medications and fluids can be delivered via the pump to a baby’s IV, or through a feeding tube inserted in the nose. The NICU is in need of additional pumps in order to provide care to over 1,300 babies per year in the 70-bed unit.

  1. Children’s Hospital (London) - Child Life Specialists

Children’s Hospital has a team of 14 Child Life Specialists skilled at helping children and their families manage difficult healthcare journeys. Armed with a strong background in child development and family systems, they support child patients resulting in reduced emotional distress, better overall coping in hospital, a greater understanding of procedures and a more positive physical recovery, as well as post-hospital adjustment. Despite Child Life Specialists’ essential role, their jobs and the supplies they need aren’t covered by government funding. With your help, 50 children will receive their services.

  1. Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa) - Blood Pressure Machine

The current blood pressure machine that is used at CHEO has been in use for a very long time and is in need of replacing. The staff are in need of a replacement that is similar to the one they have that does not squeeze the arm too hard when the cuff is inflated. This is important for the kids when it comes to accuracy in Blood Pressure monitoring and is vital for the kids to remain calm and still.

  1. Sick Kid’s Hospital (Toronto) - Epilepsy Classroom

The Sick Kid’s Epilepsy classroom is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. There, the kids with severe epilepsy - seizures that continue despite current medical interventions - have a safe and supportive learning environment to support students’ cognitive, emotional and social well-being.

With the help of Givesome, the Givesome app and Cowbell fans, meaningful projects that keep children happy and healthy will be highlighted and funded. Let’s continue to do the right thing, together.

Thank you for your support!

Alecia Anderson