TOMA Foundation for Burned Children
Official newsletter, Volume 2, Winter 2001
Education and Prevention
This is a reprint of the
article in this issue:
The TOMA Foundation
for Burned Children had a busy and very visible year in 2001 Information Agents and
representatives of the Foundation could be found distributing prevention and education
materials - along with raising funds throughout Ontario and Quebec.
During the later half of the year TOMA reached the
following locations in Ontario. In August at Smiths Falls, Kingston, Huntsville (with the
Huntsville Fire Dept) Alliston Potato Festival (with the assistance of the New Tecumsch
F.D.), Toronto, Ottawa, Georgetown, Port Credit, Mississauga and a special Royal Bank of
Canada BBQ held in Mississauga in September, at Toronto, London, Scarborough, Cambridge Fall
Fair and Barrie ( with the presence of the Borne Firefighters ).
Throughout the month of October TOMA travelled to
Burlington (Open House at Burlington Fire Dept.), Barrie (for a second week with the
presence of the Barrie Firefighters), London (with Jim Stillwell. Fire Prevention Captain
of London Fire Dept.) Woodstock. Brampton, St. Catharines, Markham and the APCO Conference
in Hull, QC.
In November TOMA reached Orillia, Vaughan, Toronto,
Oshawa, Etobicoke, Brampton, Whitby and the Baby and Toddler Show at Metro Toronto
The Foundation rounded out the year with stops throughout
December in Newrnarket, Whitby, Cambridge, Mississauga, Chatham and Ottawa. In
Quebec,the Foundation was present in the following cities and towns: Ste-Agathe,
Saint-Jovite Montreal (CAFC Convention), Rimouski, Longueil, Saint-Bruno, Chicoutimi,
Quebec (Lévis), Gatineau, Terrebonne Hull
and Sherbrooke (Rock Forest). Special thanks go
out for the volunteer help from the Fire Chief of Maniwaki, Mr. Jacques Genteel for his
assistance in Hull-Gatineau area.
In addition to the above corporate and community events
held in the Province of Quebec the Foundation was also present at all of the Ste-Justine
Hospital Plastie clinics held every month and regrouping young burn patients and their
parents. For the fourth year in a row, the Foundation, with the financial help of several
of its suppliers, held a special Christmas event for these young burn patients at the
With the dedication and support of the TOMA agents and
all our donors, the TOMA Foundation for Burned Children reached out to people of all ages,
distributing more than 70,000 of its prevention and education brochures, the "Room by
room in home security checklist". (79,000 copies of which were supplied, free of charge
to the Foundation, by The Underwriter’s Laboratories), and raised $290,000 during the
year, for the cause of Burned Children.
Where TOMA is headed....
2006 looks to be an amazing year for the Foundation. With goals firmly set In mind, and
the passion and dedication to carry them through, TOMA enters the new year with a
steadfast determination to continue educating the public on fire and burn prevention and
will continue to raise funds to help burned children and their families in need. These
goals include a continuing community presence at various corporate locations and community
events throughout Ontario and Quebec where the Foundation hopes to raise $ 300,000 in
2006. Its orientation is also allowing for continued corporate support brought forward by
the prevention spirit that animates it, The TOMA Foundation for Burned Children is also
entertaining the deep desire of bringing to terms a major charitable undertaking with the
help of a very well known Canadian corporate sponsor.
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