5 reasons why you should Give a Shift

Over the past year, UHN’s healthcare workers have faced the immense challenge of fighting a global pandemic. We call them our healthcare heroes – but we also recognize that saving lives and keeping our community safe isn’t easy on them.

So how could you possibly say thanks for all they do? Rise to the challenge and Give a Shift!

Yes. You read that correctly: Give a SHIFT!

Give a Shift is a first-of-its-kind virtual fundraising event. From April 30 to May 2 you’ll spend 12 hours completing tasks and challenges that will give you a glimpse into a typical shift of a healthcare worker. Form a team, join a team or participate by yourself, do your shift in a day or over three, and most importantly – demonstrate your gratitude for healthcare heroes while raising funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at UHN.

If you’re not yet convinced, here are five great reasons to Give a Shift:

Show your healthcare heroes you’re grateful

The COVID-19 pandemic tested the limits of our healthcare system like nothing we’ve seen before. Give a Shift is a fun, exciting and easy way to show UHN’s healthcare heroes some love. They rise to the challenge every day. Now it’s your turn!

Fuel research that will save lives

Donor support is critical to research at UHN. Throughout the pandemic, UHN researchers quickly pivoted to find solutions and treatments for COVID-19 that saved many lives. Funds raised through Give a Shift will support the highest-priority needs at UHN, which includes helping our healthcare heroes unlock the next life-changing discovery.

Lead by example and inspire others

The importance of giving back to our communities has never been more evident. By registering for Give a Shift, you’ll have a personal fundraising page to share with friends, family and co-workers to let everyone know that you’re giving back, and to inspire them to do the same. You can share your reasons for participating on social media by tagging @tgwhf and using the hashtag #UHNGiveAShift to spread the word about how you’re choosing to make a difference.

Boost your mental health

Altruism and acts of kindness are known to improve mental health, and we can all use a boost after such a difficult year. Through Give a Shift, you’ll be fundraising for a great cause while making our healthcare heroes feel extra special. Nothing feels better than making a difference in the lives of others.

Challenge yourself to get active

Looking for a reason to get moving? Give a Shift is it! Healthcare workers take an average of 15,000 to 20,000 steps per shift, so we’re challenging you to do the same. Run, walk or even dance – it’s up to you how you want to get those steps in. Remember: you have three days to complete the challenges so you don’t have to do it all at once or any one way. You can Give a Shift any way you like.

So there you have it. Five excellent reasons to Give a Shift. What are you waiting for?

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