Healthy living took centre stage earlier this month as hundreds of Toronto-area residents gathered in Scarborough for a free community concert that wrapped up an energetic12-day health and wellness event organized by The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (TSHF).
Called Scarborough Strides, the week-and-a-half-long initiative – which included a health and wellness speaker series, educational sessions for students, school and neighbourhood workouts, and corporate fundraising events – was not only successful in getting thousands of community members focused on health, but also raised $50,000 for The Scarborough Hospital Cancer Care Program.
The grand-finale concert, which took place at Albert Campbell Square, celebrated the success of the initiative with crowd-pleasing performances by Canadian R&B singer and Juno nominee Kim Davis, multiple Juno award winner Jully Black, and hip hop duo Perfeck Strangers.
It was Scarborough’s elementary and high school students, though, who stole the show, when they surprised the audience with a flash mob dance before the concert started. The 800 students, who ranged in ages from five to 17, met regularly in groups during the last couple of weeks to practice their moves.
“Scarborough Strides pulled the community together in many different ways – from the flash mob, to the concert, to a community-wide focus on health and supporting The Scarborough Hospital,” said Michael Mazza, TSHF President, who also thanked the event sponsors and supporters.
“Strong communities build strong hospitals and the success of this initiative will help The Scarborough Hospital continue to provide high quality cancer care services close to home for thousands of local residents,” Mazza said.
For more information or to view photos from the Scarborough Strides community concert, visit www.scarboroughstrides.com.