Allerject™ goes to summer camp
TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Sanofi Canada is teaming up with the Tim
Horton Children's Foundation (THCF) so that kids who are attending the
Foundation's camps this year, and who are at risk of anaphylaxis, have
access to the newest emergency treatment option in the event of a
severe allergic reaction.
Sanofi is donating 80 Allerject to the Foundation's camps in Canada.
Allerject is the first 'talking' epinephrine auto-injector. It comes
with automated voice instructions which guide individuals through the
"For camp, we really like the fact that Allerject is designed to be
easy to use and easy to transport," says Dave Newnham, Vice President
and Executive Director at THCF. "And with voice instructions in either
English or French, it works well for us since we have campers and staff
that speak both languages."
Through its fundraising efforts, the Foundation sends economically
disadvantaged children to camp. It covers the entire cost, giving these
youngsters the opportunity to grow, develop independence, and
experience personal achievement.
With about 13,000 kids bound for camps at five locations in Canada this
year - two in Ontario (Parry Sound and St. George), and one each in
Quebec (Quyon), Alberta (Kananaskis) and Nova Scotia (Tatamagouche) -
the Foundation has to be ready for any contingency.
"We take every precaution we can to help allergic campers avoid their
allergen triggers. But it's not always possible. So we're prepared in
case of an emergency, and that means having epinephrine auto-injectors
available at all times," notes Newnham.
Jon Fairest, President and CEO of Sanofi Canada, said the company "is
proud to be supporting the Tim Horton Children's Foundation because its
camps make a difference in the lives of these children. We share the
same values. We also strive to make a difference through innovative
healthcare solutions for all Canadians."
The Tim Horton Children's Foundation is a non-profit charitable
organization established in 1974 to honour Tim Horton's love for
children and his desire to help those less fortunate. Each year local
Tim Hortons owners select young people from their community to be
campers at one of the Foundation's camps. Funding for the Foundation
comes from Tim Hortons Camp Day, year-round donations collected through
counter and drive-thru coin boxes located at more than 4,000 Tim
Hortons restaurants and other special events and donations. Since 1975,
more than 165,000 children and youth have attended a Foundation camp.
For more information on the Foundation, visit www.thcf.com
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