On April 28, 2018, a sold-out crowd of more than 400 guests were treated to an exceptional evening at Le Westin as part of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation’s second Gala of the Three Stars. Held in conjunction with Montreal’s Chinese Community, this fundraising gala was attended by many dignitaries, including the Vice Consul General of China in Quebec, Xing Wenjian and the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gaétan Barrette.
The proceeds from the Gala of the Three Stars will be supporting two important projects: the translation of patient education materials into Chinese and the creation of the Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery. “This collaboration with Montreal’s Chinese Community proved to be a resounding success for the second consecutive year,” says Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation. “Our volunteer organizing committee went above and beyond the call of duty and we could not have done it without their dedication and support,” she states. Annie Yu Chan, Executive Chair of the Gala of the Three Stars whole-heartedly agrees. “Planning this event was certainly a labour of love and the difference that we will be making in the lives of patients and their families both here and abroad makes it all worthwhile,” she explains.
The Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery is an annual training program that will enable a cardiovascular surgeon from a remote hospital in China to travel to the MUHC to learn highly-specialized surgical techniques from the hospital’s Division of Cardiovascular Surgery. The project is the brainchild of Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the MUHC. After travelling on several occasions to remote hospitals in China to share his surgical expertise, he enlisted the help of the MUHC Foundation and Montreal’s Chinese Community to find a sustainable source of funding for this important initiative.
“The objective of this fundraising initiative is to raise $2 million to establish the fellowship,” says Pierrette Wong, Executive Chair of the Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery. “While it may be ambitious, it is very necessary and the work of Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim has demonstrated that there is an important need for it right now. We are so pleased that this project has resonated so strongly with Montreal’s Chinese Community and there is still more work that needs to be done so that patients suffering from heart disease in remote areas of China receive the best possible care,” she states.
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