RBC Race for the Kids, October 17-18, 2020
Global Virtual Race supporting youth charities around the world

Be a HERO for CHEO

You can go further for mental health at CHEO by participating in the virtual RBC Race for the Kids. Due to COVID-19, we have converted the 2020 RBC Race for the Kids to a virtual fundraiser to support mental health programs and services at CHEO. Though a physical event will not take place this year, we are kindly asking for your continued support. 

All funds raised between now and October 18, 2020 will strengthen mental health care and research at CHEOThe COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways. During this difficult time, CHEO remains committed to providing the support and treatment that children, youth and families need and deserve as they face mental health challenges. Thank you for helping us serve this vulnerable population. 

We are stronger together.

OUR COLLECTIVE IMPACT

731

Runners signed up

$27,925

Funds raised

225

Kms covered

SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AT CHEO

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I am participating in the RBC Race for the Kids event to support mental health programs at CHEO. Your donation will ensure each patient has access to the care that will be most beneficial for them, regardless of their age or the reason for their visit. Please consider making a donation to my page. Thank you.

RBC Global Virtual Race for the Kids, supporting youth
charities around the world

Over the past decade, the RBC Race for the Kids series has grown to include 17 charitable events raising more than $57 million for our local charity partners. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic means most of our physical Races can’t happen so welcome to the first ever RBC Global Virtual Race for the Kids. Our ambition is to create the world’s biggest, virtual family fun run in support of over 30 youth charities to help them continue their incredible work at this challenging time.

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Support youth mental health programs and services at CHEO.

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CHEO TOUCHES THE LIVES OF

500K

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES EVERY YEAR.

THE VOLUME OF MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS PRESENTING TO CHEO'S EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT HAS RISEN

90%

FROM 2009 TO 2019.

OVER

3,000

YOUTH COME TO CHEO'S EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.

CHEO REPRESENTS

50%

OF ALL PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITS IN OUR ENTIRE REGION AND IS THE ONLY EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IN THE REGION WHICH WILL SEE CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.

ALL OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS IN THIS REGION TRANSFER CHILDREN IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS UNDER 16 TO CHEO.

Together we can make a difference.

Funds from RBC Race for the Kids will make an enormous difference at CHEO. The following two programs will benefit from your participation:

Access to care is the top mental health need. We strive to have every child and youth needing non-urgent outpatient care to receive it within four weeks. We are working hard to achieve this goal by implementing an innovative program known as CAPA – the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA). CAPA decreases wait times and improves the mental health care CHEO delivers using methods taken from best business practices to streamline service delivery, as well as empower patients and families to be the stewards of their own mental health.

Donor support for this program will help CHEO reach its goal of being able to see patients for their first and second appointments within weeks, not months, ensuring they receive the most effective and efficient care possible. Staff training and development of this new program is crucial for CHEO to deliver on our commitment to mental health care. CHEO is now part of a new pediatric health entity called Kids Come First comprised of 61 organizations, 1,089 physicians and 2,535 staff, all working together to improve health care in Eastern Ontario. Including CHEO, 19 of these organizations work with youth mental health. This group will address issues arising from the fragmented system with services in many locations, inconsistency between rural and urban service levels, long wait times, difficulty knowing who to contact for help, needing to repeat information about a patient multiple times to different care providers, the difficult transition to adult care and more. Under the current system, children and youth are visiting Emergency Departments or accessing services repeatedly and often with poor outcomes.

The needs of children and youth with complex mental health and/or addiction challenges are not being met. The One Call/One Click initiative seeks to address these issues through a streamlined, regional, bilingual Coordinated Access and Navigation service for children, youth, families and healthcare workers that provides one number to call, one link to click, walk-in clinics, direct booking, coordinated care planning and support services delivered peer to peer and to families. Children, youth and their families will experience improved outcomes, increased capacity to thrive and reduced stress.  

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