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To Our Children Section

TOMA Foundation for Burned Children
Official newsletter, Volume 2, Winter 2001
Education and Prevention

This is a reprint of the article in this issue:

voicecoverw01.jpg (10443 bytes)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 Convention Centre.

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 December clinic.

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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