Eggspectation breakfast benefit brings home the bacon for Montfort Hospital

Five-hour fundraiser at downtown Ottawa restaurant raises $15,000 for new cardiac CT scanner

The most important meal of the day turned out to be the most lucrative for the Montfort Hospital Foundation after a downtown restaurant and local lawyer teamed up to host a free community breakfast for charity on Tuesday.

The public was invited to come down with a buffet-style breakfast at Eggspectation and make a donation toward a $2.5-million fundraising campaign to buy a CT scanner with a specialized cardiac module, for the east-end hospital.

Not an early breakfast person? No problem. The five-hour fundraiser didn’t end until after lunch. 

The breakfast brought in $15,000, which you might say eggs-ceeded expectations.

On the campaign cabinet is lawyer Daljit Nirman, who co-chaired the event with Vinod Chaudhary, owner of the Eggspectation eatery on Bank Street at Laurier Avenue.

“We are forever grateful for Mr. Nirman’s and Eggspectation’s initiative,” Montfort Hospital Foundation president and CEO Christine Sigouin told OBJ.social. "They’re such humble and generous members of the community, and for them it’s important to give back and get involved.”

Cooking Up Community Services
From left, Ottawa lawyer Daljit Nirman with Christine Seguin, president and CEO of the Montfort Hospital Foundation, and Vinod Chaudhary, owner of Eggspectation on Bank Street, at the free community breakfast held at the downtown restaurant on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, to raise funds for the hospital's purchase of an advanced scanner to diagnose heart-related diseases. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Roughly 600 people from all sectors of the community and all walks of life took part. Helping to dish out the food was prominent lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, chair of the campaign, alongside his fellow volunteers, Dr. André Bilodeau and hospital board trustee François Brouard.

“It’s events like this that help us get to where we’re going,” he told OBJ.social.”It’s wonderful to see people coming out from the community, supporting the Montfort.

"It's also an exercise for people to learn a little bit more about what the Montfort Hospital is all about."

Greenspon first became familiar with the Montfort after a family-like friend decided to have her baby at its family birthing unit. As well, he paid regular visits to the Montfort's ICU to see ailing friend Mauril Bélanger, a popular Ottawa MP who died from ALS last year.

"It's been fascinating learning about the hospital and the people who are served in the community through the hospital," he said.

Free Community Breakfast for Montfort Hospital
Lawrence Greenspon, chair of Montfort Hospital's For You, Sweet Heart fundraising campaign, makes new friends while volunteering at a charity breakfast for the hospital, held at Eggspectation on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Photo by Caroline Phillips
Free Community Breakfast for Montfort Hospital
From left. Montfort Hospital's Dr André Bilodeau, Lawrence Greenspon and Montfort Hospital board trustee François Brouard volunteered as servers at a community breakfast held at Eggspectation on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, to raise funds for the purchase of an advanced scanner to diagnose heart-related diseases. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Spotted at the breakfast was federal finance critic and Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre, members of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber, and Ottawa businessman Anand Aggarwal. He’s one of the founders of Dhadkan, a local philanthropic group of Indo-Canadians that has raised millions of dollars for the Heart Institute. South Asians in Canada are reportedly at higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

Free Community Breakfast for Montfort Hospital
From left, Anand Aggarwal, owner of Manor Park Development, with Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre and event co-chair Deljit Nirman at a free community breakfast held at Eggspectation Restaurant on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, in support of the Montfort Hospital's purchase of an advanced scanner to diagnose heart-related diseases. Photo by Caroline Phillips

The fundraising campaign, For You, Sweet Heart, is now in its final stages, with only a couple hundred thousand more dollars to go. The new scanner has been delivered to the Montfort Hospital and should be up and running within a few weeks, according to Sigouin.

The equipment, which is able to take a picture of a patient’s heart, will give patients a faster, more accurate diagnosis; a quick, non-invasive procedure with reduced doses of radiation; fewer visits to the hospital; and shorter wait times.

"We hope to be saving lives with this machinery," said Greenspon.

Free Community Breakfast for Montfort Hospital
From left, Aman Hundal, Sanjay Bhasin, an investment advisor at HollisWealth, and Lakhwinder S. Saran, treasurer with the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber, at a free community breakfast held at Eggspectation Restaurant on Tuesday, September 12, 2017,  in support of the Montfort Hospital's purchase of an advanced scanner to diagnose heart-related diseases. Photo by Caroline Phillips

–caroline@obj.ca