The Hamilton Professional Fire Fighter’s Association (HPFFA), Local 288 has long been a supporter of Hamilton General Hospital Foundation. With over $1,000,000 donated to the Hospital (including funds for the original hyperbaric chamber in the burn unit, participation in fundraisers (such as the Annual 5km Strides for the General run) and support for the Annual Burn Survivor Christmas Party), the HPFFA continues to provide support whenever possible.
On February 25, the HPFFA Charity made a $5,000 donation to the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program for support of a patient hand work station.
The HPFFA was represented by a number of members including Rob D’Amico (Executive Secretary) & Josh Kreidl (D Shift Steward) as well as HPFFA Charity & Community Support Committee member, Brad Norris. In addition, Captain Charlie Madder, who has been a firefighter with Hamilton for 12 years, was on hand with his wife, Sue, to help with the presentation. Charlie is a testament to the incredible staff and medical care available at Hamilton General Hospital. On July 31, 2019, Charlie suffered traumatic injuries while on-duty, searching for lost hikers at Albion Falls. While searching, Charlie fell approximately 6 metres and suffered multiple injuries, including to his head and face. His recovery is currently ongoing, but proceeding exceptionally well.
The tour of the ABI facilities for in-patient and out-patient treatment was eye opening for HPFFA members. The level of treatment in Hamilton for patients in need of help from injury, stroke or life challenges is one that the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation works so hard to fund and support those needs. The HPFFA Charity is proud to support such an amazing group of staff and patients with the $5,000 donation. Funds from this donation were raised through the payroll contribution program in which HPFFA members from fire suppression, dispatch, mechanical and fire prevention donate every paycheque. Thank you to those members who make it possible to help those who need it most.