The thought of periodic health check-ups is daunting for many; however, early detection and prevention of disease(s) is the key to a healthier life. Nonetheless, preventable ailments such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are still largely prevalent across North America. Recognizing early detection and prevention as vital for the well-being of communities, BAPS Charities hosted its 10th annual Health Fair in Toronto on October 18, 2015. The Health Fair saw participation from more than 50 medical professionals including dentists, nurses, physicians, and specialists in the fields of cardiology, optometry, audiology, children’s health, physiotherapy, chiropractic and more. These professionals volunteered to provide preventative health education to over 400 community participants who benefited from the health fair.
Special guest, Dr. Matt Anderson, President & CEO of William Osler Health System, said: “We are thrilled to be able to participate with you in this health fair focusing on health and wellness. BAPS Charities is a great embodiment of what we need more of throughout Canada. You are at the heart of making our communities healthier and promoting a healthier lifestyle. We are thankful to the great volunteers of BAPS Charities.”
Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North, said the following about the volunteers of BAPS Charities: “Many congratulations to everyone who is volunteering here today. BAPS Charities is a touchstone in our community. Your contribution to the community is enormous. This health fair is such a gift to everyone who comes.”
BAPS Charities volunteer, Dr. Mitesh Badiwala, who specializes in cardiac surgery, is one of the physicians committed to treating heart disease. He shared, “I really enjoy volunteering at health fairs such as this where people can get preventative health information from multiple specialties. BAPS Charities has really streamlined this process of connecting with the community and promoting healthy living practices.”
Councillor Vincent Crisanti of Etobicoke North said, “BAPS Charities always gives back to our community not just here, but worldwide. BAPS Charities knows the meaning of charity and defines the meaning of charity.”
“We are pleased to be able to provide this service and thank all medical professionals, partnering organizations and volunteers who volunteered their time to make this event a success,” said Haresh Bhatt, BAPS Charities President.
BAPS Charities hosted similar community Health Fairs at over 40 locations across North America benefitting more than 15,000 participants. Extending that sentiment throughout the year, BAPS Charities hosts medical fairs, walkathons, yoga, health awareness seminars, bone marrow drives and much more. BAPS Charities sincerely serves the community, by improving the quality of life of individuals and families.
For additional information on BAPS Charities and its international and local philanthropic activities, please visit www.bapscharities.org