COVID-19 and the holidays: Personal injury firms fundraising for frontline healthcare workers

Firms will match donations up to $50,000

COVID-19 and the holidays: Personal injury firms fundraising for frontline healthcare workers

From Nov. 24 to Dec. 22, PIA Law will be matching all confirmed donations up to a maximum amount of $50,000, made to The Frontline Fund.

The Frontline Fund, a coalition of more than 165 Canadian hospital foundations, seeks to extend the financial assistance needed by healthcare workers in the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caroline Riseboro, president and chief executive officer of the Trillium Health Partners Foundation, a member of the steering committee for The Frontline Fund, stressed that the healthcare workers who are working around the clock, all the while risking COVID-19 infection, to protect the public also require protection. “They are isolating themselves from their families to avoid spreading the virus. They are tired, anxious, and under relentless pressure to keep fighting,” said Riseboro in the news release.

With this partnership with The Frontline Fund, PIA Law, an alliance of three Ontario-based personal injury firms, seeks to raise a total of $100,000 to express its gratitude to the healthcare workers who care for the clients who are hospitalized following life-altering accidents. Now that these healthcare professionals are leading the fight against COVID-19, “PIA Law wants to help all frontline workers in this great battle in any way we can,” said Dale Orlando, partner at McLeish Orlando LLP, a member firm of PIA Law.

“Hospitals are facing unprecedented costs and strain, which are being shouldered by the healthcare workers on the frontline,” said Jim Vigmond, partner at Oatley Vigmond LLP, another PIA Law member firm.

The donations to the Frontline Fund will be used to provide frontline healthcare workers with the necessary supplies, which include masks, disinfectants, disposable clothing, ventilators, testing equipment and digital infrastructure; supports, including gift cards, mental health support and hotel rooms close to the hospitals; and research relating to topics such as clinical drug trials and vaccine development.

Interested individuals may donate online through the website of The Frontline Fund and email the payment confirmation details to [email protected].

“We challenge our peers and the general public to donate any amount from now until December 22, 2020 and remind everyone that funds raised in a particular province will remain in that province,” said Leonard Kunka, partner at Thomson, Rogers, a PIA Law member firm.

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