The Children’s Hospital Book Market gladly anticipates its grand return to St. Vital Center in September to raise funds for hospital improvements and continued research.
On September 16-17, the Children’s Hospital Book Market returns for the first time since the spring of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“Children’s Hospital Bookmark is a Manitoba institution. It was actually established in 1961 and is the longest running volunteer fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba,” said Stefano Grande, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Manitoba. “Usually there are two book markets a year, spring and fall, and it’s run by an amazing board of volunteers and it takes over 200 volunteers to run the children’s hospital book markets every year. We have an amazing director, Carol Irving, and a resilient board of volunteers who are so committed to this cause of improving children’s health and supporting the children’s hospital and research institute through of our foundation and we are therefore very grateful.
Grande says that almost every year, not counting the last two years, the event raises nearly $500,000 through book sales. All proceeds will go to improving the children’s hospital and provincial research.
“In fact, this year, all funds raised will go towards our $75 million Better Futures campaign. be allocated, including improving and strengthening research in children’s health, pediatric health care in the areas of infrastructure and facilities and technologies, such as revitalizing emergency departments, supporting our child life programs.
Children’s life programs include music therapy, in-house television and a library program.
Stefano is looking forward to the first full-fledged book market and with the storage facilities at maximum capacity at the moment, the children’s hospital is not accepting any donations.
“You know, the Children’s Hospital book market warehouses are full, and the only way to empty those books and accept new ones is for Manitobans to come out on September 16 and 17 and buy them all.”
With storage facilities at maximum capacity at this time, Children’s Hospital is not accepting any donations.
In early August, the Children’s Hospital Book Market brought back a miniature version of selling books by hosting a comic book market.
“It was a great way to get rid of the volunteer rust to prepare for our even bigger event in September. Personally, I thought it was a great way to bring out some segments of our community who support comics. “
When asked which genre he prefers, Grande admitted that he likes history books, such as World War I and World War II, city planning books and city life cycle books. .
“One of the things Manitobans will find when they come to visit the book market at St. Vital Mall is the diversity, with the number of genres ranging from self-help, sports, memorabilia to children’s books , I’m sure more comics like Book Lovers will probably find something truly unique and authentic to add to their collection.”