Bayer supports Camp Trillium
It was a wet and somewhat cool fall day, not exactly the most inviting weather for labour intensive outdoor activity early in the morning. Yet despite the conditions, 75 dedicated team members from Bayer’s Head Office braved the elements and boarded a bus at 7:30 a.m. to offer up their time to help Camp Trillium at their Rainbow Lake location in Waterford, Ontario, get ready for next year’s campers.
Camp Trillium (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) provides a free, holistic camp experience for more than 3,000 pediatric cancer patients and their families every year, without the financial support of government. As such, they rely on the kindness of the community at large to ensure they are able to continually offer their services in the best way possible.
”The Medical and Scientific Affairs (M&SA) Engagement Committee wanted to create a large group volunteer opportunity this year and when we came across Camp Trillium, we were immediately hooked by its mission,” said Maria Oldfield, Sr. Global Clinical Auditor for Bayer Canada and a member of the Medical and Scientific Affairs Engagement Committee.
Bayer’s enthusiastic team spent the day renovating and preparing Camp Trillium for the 2019 next group of campers. The team were busy painting doors and walls while also sweeping, washing and scrubbing cabin floors. By the end of the day the main hall had been painted and spruced up, three cabins got a new coat of paint, 24 doors were primed and repainted and Echo, the camp’s resident dog made a few new friends following numerous games of fetch.
It was an honour and a privilege to lend our hand in support of Camp Trillium.
“When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected by the demands of the illness and its treatment,” said Shurjeel Choudhri, SVP and Head, Medical & Scientific Affairs. “It was an honour and a privilege to lend our hand in support of Camp Trillium. I also wanted to offer a big thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm in participating; you have truly made Bayer proud!”
As part of the effort, Bayer also donated $10,000 to ensure more children and their families can be supported by Camp Trillium in 2019.
The Camp Trillium volunteer day is just one part of Bayer’s contribution to the health and well-being of the communities in which we live and work. To read more about our initiatives visit https://www.bayer.ca/en/sustainability/