September 8, 2014
HAMILTON, Ontario—(CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE)–Tickets are now on sale for Save the Mothers’ Annual Dinner, Silent Auction and Live Auction.
The event – which is Save the Mothers’ largest fundraiser each year – will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Paradise Banquet and Convention Centre, 7601 Jane Street in Concord, Ontario.
The evening will feature a talk by Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, founder and executive director of Save the Mothers. Dr. Chamberlain Froese is an internationally recognized expert in women’s reproductive health, and was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her commitment to saving the lives of women and babies in the developing world.
Broadcast journalist, Steve Paikin, will be Master of Ceremonies. “I first met Jean under pretty unusual circumstances,” said Paikin. “We were both being given the honour of having our names included in Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction.”
“Her commitment to improving maternal health is truly inspiring,” he added, “and so, after she appeared on “The Agenda” on TVO, I asked her if there was anything I could do to assist the cause. Emceeing the December 6th event was what she suggested, and I’m happy to help.”
Nutritionist, author and healthy living specialist Dr. Joey Shulman will make a guest appearance. “I am proud to help raise awareness for Save the Mothers,” said Shulman. “With the staggering statistic of 800 women dying each day worldwide from childbirth issues that are 100% preventable – the education and means Save the Mothers provides is critical.”
Ninety-nine percent of maternal deaths occur in the developing world. Early in her career as an obstetrician-gynaecologist, Dr. Chamberlain Froese realized it would require change at all levels of society to eradicate preventable maternal death. She developed Save the Mothers (STM) to educate and equip local champions for maternal health – in the fields of government, media, academia, law and medicine – throughout East Africa.
“As people who care about the environment, and surely, mothers and children are part of that environment, and who care about the violation of human rights – and mothers dying from preventable pregnancy complications is definitely a violation of human rights – we all need to be informed of what is going on and do what we can to make a difference,” said Chamberlain Froese.
“The Canadian government has targeted maternal health as a priority for development spending,” said Dr. Dan Scott, STM’s managing director. “Our December 6 event is a great opportunity for all Canadians who care about this issue to express their support.
“Help us save mothers and babies in the developing world,” he added. “Your financial contributions can contribute to making preventable maternal death a thing of the past.”
For more information or interviews,
Contact: Patricia Paddey, Director of Communications
Phone: (905) 616-1326