The beat was pumping, and hundreds of Scarborough residents were dancing to a choreographed flash mob routine that surprised onlookers in one of the city’s architectural landmarks – Albert Campbell Square.
The event was hosted by The Scarborough Hospital Foundation to kick off Workout to Give Back to Scarborough, an innovative new program created to promote health, engage Scarborough’s diverse community and raise funds for The Scarborough Hospital.
“We wanted to get people’s attention; make them sit up and take notice of what we’re doing to support the hospital so it can provide enhanced services to our community,” said Michael Mazza, President of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. “The outstanding participation in the event really showed how committed our community is to advancing healthcare in Scarborough, and we are extremely grateful for this kind of enthusiasm.”
The program engages local fitness, dance and martial arts studios, gyms and sports leagues to support healthcare by donating proceeds from a class or sporting event to the hospital, or simply selling Workout to Give Back to Scarborough character icons.
More than 400 people participated in the first annual event, including students from five public and senior public schools, hospital staff, volunteers, Toronto police officers and residents, who all became great ambassadors for healthcare that day.
“Our staff and students were very excited to be able to support TSH by taking part in this event,” said Kim McNaughton Davidson, teacher/Librarian at Burrows Hall Junior Public School. “To have the chance to work with a professional choreographer, promote a healthy active lifestyle, and work collaboratively with others to support a vital service in our community was a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone involved. We enjoyed participating and look forward to next year’s event.”
Following the flash mob, participants and passersby enjoyed performances by Canadian R&B singer, Jully Black and hip hop duo, Perfeck Strangers, who kept the vibe flowing all afternoon.
“We are a smart, resourceful and determined community,” added Mazza. “Our goal is for everyone in Scarborough to become involved and invested in our healthcare. Together we can prove that strong communities really do build strong hospitals.”
Workout to Give Back to Scarborough raised more than $25,000 for The Scarborough Hospital, and will return for its second year in late September.