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Bunzl golf tournament raises $55,000 for brain-tumour research

By Canadian Packaging staff   


BURLINGTON, Ont. – Bunzl Canada’s 19th annual golf tournament recently raised about $55,000 for the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, according to a July 13 press release from the packaging corporation.

The annual event has raised more than $1.45 million to date for the Centre, the largest facility for pediatric brain-tumour research of its kind, the company added.

This year’s tournament, which had a Luau theme, took place at the Greystone Golf Club in Milton, Ont. Bunzl colleagues, customers, and vendors took part.

“I want to thank our great vendor partners here at Bunzl Canada, who have been an integral part of us being able to support the Centre and its pediatric brain-tumour research over the past 19 years,” Bunzl Canada president John Howlett said in a press statement following the event.

“I’m a firm believer that if we arm smart people with the support they need, they will do great things,” added Howlett, referring to the scientists at the Centre.

Dr. James Rutka, the co-director and principal investigator of the Centre, said in a statement that his organization had made great progress in the past year, progress that would not have been possible “without the support we receive through events like the Bunzl Canada golf tournament.”

Among the Centre’s achievements in the past year was the publication of a major paper on the delivery of therapeutics to brain tumours across the blood brain barrier, which prevents toxins from crossing into the brain. As Dr. Rutka’s staff have conducted successful experimental models in this area with Magnetic Resonance-Guided Focused Ultrasound, the Hospital for Sick Children can begin employing this method of treating brain tumours as soon as autumn of this year.

“This is just one example of some of the great progress we’re making,” said Dr. Rutka.

“We’re really excited about all the work that’s been done.”

A subsidiary of Bunzl USA Holdings LLC, Bunzl Canada manufactures food and retail packaging, as well as cleaning, hygiene, safety, and industrial supplies. More than 45,000 Canadian businesses rely on its products, the release stated.

Image courtesy of Bunzl Canada


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