Caring about the health of the community
At Apnea Health we believe in giving back, especially in giving back close to home. Our everyday focus is on helping patients find better health through better sleep, and just like we care about the health of our patients, we care about the health of our communities.
A new way of giving, born from adversity
The rise of the pandemic in 2020 brought huge challenges to people and businesses around the world, as everyone sought new ways to live and work safely.
Apnea Health was no exception.
We found ways to have safer interactions at our clinics, and expanded into telemedicine to help patients without direct contact. We also created a new online boutique to let patients easily and safely order the equipment they need from the comfort of their own homes.
While we found a new rhythm, we were aware of those more adversely impacted by COVID-19. Our online boutique allowed us the power and flexibility to donate a percentage of sales directly to charities of our choice, so our new way of giving was born!
Now we can all sleep a little better, knowing we’re doing our part to give back.
Some places we’ve helped…
A day shelter for women in the west end of Montreal, Chez Doris ensures “that every woman that walks through our doors feels safe, respected and welcomed.” With a spike in demand, Chez Doris switched to staying open 24/7 at the beginning of December 2020, providing beds for homeless women during the cold winter months.
For two weeks over the holidays, we dedicated $2 for every mask sold to Chez Doris.
Centre de jeunesse de Montréal
A terrible side effect of the stresses of the pandemic has been an increase in family violence. With deaths of children due to abuse in the recent headlines, we were moved to support this organization because they work with kids who are most at risk.
$2 from every mask sold leading up to “Giving Tuesday” went to the CJM.
The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund
With COVID-19 spreading, and with seniors more at risk, the volunteers who normally collect donations for Remembrance Day Poppies were unable to appear in public this year. That made fundraising much harder, while the need remained the same.
For our very first foray into donating a portion of online sales, we chose the period leading up to Remembrance Day and gave $2 for every mask sold to the Poppy Fund (with a direct supplement from Apnea Health as well).
YMCA of Quebec
This year, to support the YMCA and the health of our staff, we’re paying for all virtual exercise classes our staff take. We’ve also donated $1000 directly to the YMCA Foundation to support them where their need is greatest.
YMCA Challenge 2021
From June 1st to the 22nd, the Apnea Health team got physically active to raise money for disadvantaged children to go to camp.
Thanks to all our friends, family and patients who helped us raise $910 for the Montreal YMCA summer camp. Apnea Health matched the donations and raised them to meet its goal of $2000.
Canadian Sleep Society
On March 21st 2021, the Apnea Health team had a great time walking 5km to raise awareness for sleep health. We donated $100 for each kilometre we completed, so in the end, $500 was given to the Canadian Sleep Society!
Ukrainian Red Cross
Apnea Health wanted to provide direct financial assistance to the humanitarian organisations on the ground during the war in Ukraine.
So from March 25th to April 3rd 2022, we donated 10% from all our online sales. In the end, we were able to raise over $1200 for the Ukrainian Red Cross.