School, thanks to Sofina

August 17, 2016
The Sofina Foundation is a proud supporter of the RMHC Toronto School.
A teacher and two students at the RMHC Toronto School

When Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto built a beautiful new House in 2011, the Sofina Foundation and the Latifi family committed $500,000 to build an innovative school within the building. The RMHC Toronto School just had its busiest year ever, educating 67 critically ill children and their siblings.

That incredible figure has given the Sofina Foundation a very rewarding return on their investment.

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“The RMHC Toronto School offers critical support to families during a very challenging time,” says Umeeda Madhany, Vice President, Sofina Foundation. “When children have had to leave their home, their friends and many things they ‘should’ be doing at this point in their lives, allowing them to keep going to school helps them feel a ‘normal’ child.”

The Sofina Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sofina Foods Inc., a Canadian company dedicated to providing great tasting, high quality food products for retail and foodservice. Owned and operated by Michael Latifi, Sofina’s charitable endeavours aim to benefit children of all ages. Sofina is proud to support an organization like RMHC Toronto that “brings such positive energy into the world.”

“I’ve visited the House many times and I’m always taken aback by how joyful it is,” says Umeeda. “Despite the fact that many of these children are very, very sick, it does not feel like a hospital. It’s a magical place.”

Sofina’s annual funding for the RMHC Toronto School comes from their hugely successful charity golf tournament. Held earlier this month, the 9th Annual Sofina & Amici Golf Classic raised a record $485,000. Proceeds will be split between RMHC Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and RMHC Northern Alberta.

With a new school year just weeks away, RMHC Toronto’s teachers are planning new and innovative ways to teach their ever-growing classroom. Thanks to Sofina’s support, the School provides students and their families with education, friendship, normalcy and something possibly even more significant.

“I think the most important thing the School provides families is hope,” says Umeeda. “By its very nature, education is preparing children for the future. It’s setting kids up for tomorrow, which helps families believe that their kids will have a healthy tomorrow.”

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