2009 Sasha Bella Fund Fun Day at Wychwood Barns, October 18, 2009
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The third Sasha Bella Fund fundraiser will be our biggest and best yet! The event is indoors in the beautiful Wychwood Barns so we will not be effected by weather. It is a fun day for families with a short reflective walk around the barns where we often strolled Sasha. This is followed by 3 hours of live entertainment, really yummy food, activities for all ages and an exciting silent auction. For the first time, SickKids Foundation has allowed us to donate a portion of funds to Bloorview Kids Rehab where many SickKids children are also supported.

Event Details

The venue is:

Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street (two blocks south of St. Clair Avenue)
October 18, 2009, 10am-2pm

Registration is at the door art 10am.

Adults over 15 years - $25
Families (2 parents and 4 kids) - $45

Registration includes access to all events and food except raffle and silent auction.

Rain or shine, we would love to see you and your children or grandchildren this Sunday.

Please spread the word!

If you wish to help but are unable to make the event you can donate at our event's secure SickKids Foundation website.


10-10:45 am Registration - Bloorview Clowns improv with families; crafts, games, caricaturist, popcorn, face painting throughout event

10:45 - Opening welcome, intro to the Fund, Bloorview therapeutic clown talks about their program, Dr Jonathan Hellmann Clinical Director of SickKids Neonatal Intensive Care Unit talks about working with families in the family care group

10:55-11:05 - symbolic walk around Barns beaming good vibes to SickKids and Bloorview

11:05-11:20 - Rhythmic by Nature interactive kids drumming

11:25 - Charlie of Little Fingers Music entertains, performs and gets us on our feet

11:30 - Lunch: RaviSoups returns with an exceptional vegetarian, no dairy soup - The Stockyards Smokehouse serves up delicious smoked brisket sandwiches, ribs and all beef hotdogs with his delicious homemade drinks- Mildred's Temple Kitchen brings us scrumptious nutfree desert squares and cookies and The Cupcakery their incredible cupcakes. Yum!

11:50 - STORY JAM with June Brown and Anna Kerz

12:25 pm - Golden voiced Deborah Maes sings kids and folk tunes

12:50 - family taekwondo demonstration with neighbours Joulie and Michaela and the Young Choung Academy

1:20 - Music finale with the amazing Sho Mo + the Monkey Bunch who wowed the crowd at our 2008 event

1:50 - raffle and silent auction wrapup 2.00 - Closing thanks

Goals of the Fund

The Sasha Bella Fund honors Sasha, the staff who helped her, and other kids and families by focusing on communication. Did you know that conversations are the most common proceedure in any hospital? The Fund focuses on communication between family and staff and among staff teams. Parents can be exhausted, scared, grieving and often traumatized and good communication is as vital as the best equipment and most experienced staff. Communication should be timely, transparent, respectful of family wishes and traditions, coordinated and collaborative. Good communication improves health outcomes, patient safety and family and staff satisfaction rates. In addition to supporting family-centred and interprofessional communication, the Fund has set up a fund for palliative research, a music group, grants for murals and awards, education and family councils.

Fund Accomplishments

  • raised over $110,000
  • directed $68,000
  • further committed $27,000
  • working with Labatt Family Heart Centre, Palliative Care Service, IPP Team, GI, NICU, Child Life, Social Work, IGT
  • participated in staff workshops, education sessions, focus groups, family advisory, palliative research

2009 Committee

Evette Goldhar, Alison Goldman, Lisa Leung, Rachel Moses, RonniLyn Pustil, Lisa Singer, Pamela Stein, Jonathan Blumberg






Debra Maes

Noah Klar, Sasha's uncle


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