Seelal Binda’s plans to buy a new car were pleasantly intercepted when he received a call from The Scarborough Hospital Foundation informing him that he just won a 2013 Toyota Corolla.
The brand new car, donated by Scarborough Toyota, was the grand prize in this year’s Win A Car Charity Raffle hosted by the Foundation to raise funds for The Scarborough Hospital.
“We’ve used the hospital since we came to Scarborough and we’ve always been treated well,” said Binda, who immigrated to Canada from Trinidad with his family in 1970. “Whatever I can afford to give back, I give.”
Binda has been receiving ongoing treatment at the hospital’s Birchmount campus for about two years now, but has a long history with both sites including the births of his two children at the General campus.
He also has a history with Corollas, and after owning one for 15 years with great service, was thrilled to get another – especially for $50, the cost of three raffle tickets. The 2013 Toyota Corolla was presented to Binda on January 18.
In total, more than 3,200 tickets were sold in the 2012 raffle. Proceeds benefitted the hospital’s Cancer Care program which provides excellent care to a high volume of patients and maintains a low wait time for treatment.
The program’s vision is to create an integrated Cancer Care program to streamline services, increase efficiency and improve access for Scarborough residents.
There were 13 prizes in this year’s raffle, including Binda’s new car. Other prizes included two cash prizes of $2,500 and 10 Apple iPads.
“We want to congratulate all the winners in this year’s raffle,” said Michael Mazza, President of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. “We also wish to thank each and every person who purchased a raffle ticket or donated their time to support this event. It is through their remarkable kindness that we are able to raise funds for the hospital’s programs and services, and enhance healthcare in our community.”