BATAWA ON November 9, 2018: Last night close to 200 people packed the Batawa Community Centre for the Fashion for Foundation event put on by local retailers in support of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program (DVSARP) at Trenton Memorial Hospital. Proceeds from the event, which topped last year, at $5500 will support the purchase of a Colposcope, a tool used for better documentation of genital injuries, at a cost of $9170.
Models from Off the Hook, Vivacious, Red Stone, G.Boyd Boutique, The Shoe Store and Willow strutted the runway showing off this seasons latest trends in fashion. When the attendees weren’t watching the show, they enjoyed complimentary refreshments, numerous door prizes and silent auction.
At the start of the night, Sharon Urquhart, organizer for the event, who is also the Events Chair for the Our TMH Committee took the stage to remind everyone that they are still asking the Ministry of Health to put a Kidney Disease Clinic at Trenton Memorial Hospital. Dialysis patients are too sick to be spending so much time on the 401 Highway which has seen a 40% increase in Transports over the past few years. The cost to a dialysis patient having to travel can amount to almost $25000/yr, and even the home dialysis patients can face up to $5000 a year as travel is still required, just not as often. She also stated that more than 3300 letters of support have been collected and over 60 local Dialysis patients identified thru their efforts, much less than the Ontario Renal Network claimed. The prevalence of Diabetes is so high in this area she said “there is going to be a Tsunami of patients needing some form of dialysis, and we won’t be ready”. She also said, “without a kidney clinic, we can’t even provide the proper education to prevent dialysis.”
DVSARP are specially trained nurses that respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Trenton to all four QHC hospital sites Belleville, Trenton, North Hastings and Picton. They are supportive while offering comprehensive acute health care to victims of violence. They see more than 150 cases per year, yet only 1 in 10 are ever reported. Assistance from them can be achieved by calling (613) 969-7400 ext 5024.