Candy Sales Fund COVID-19 Relief
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Haseeb Syed raised $1,000 from candy sales, which he donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, in appreciation of his mother, Dr. Jehan Zaib, and all her colleagues who worked tirelessly throughout the Spring caring for patients on the COVID-19 Unit.
First-year university student, Haseeb Syed, is no stranger to volunteering. In fact, he’s accumulated more than 3,000 hours of community service worldwide including working in various areas of Africa with the United Nations, along with Doctors Without Borders; experiences he described as, “life-changing.”
So last Spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Thunder Bay, he knew he wanted to do something to help at home. Especially since his mother, Dr. Jehan Zaib, was one of the physicians working on the COVID floor at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Mario Nucci and his mother, Mary, spoke with Haseeb and offered to help him sell candy bags in the community, with the proceeds to be donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, through the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
Haseeb worked to put together multiple candy bags, which were sold at Marostica Subaru and KIA Motors. Ultimately he raised $1,000 which he donated.
He said, “My mother was away from us for months, caring for patients, during the Spring. It felt good to be able to do something within our community to show our appreciation to her and her colleagues for providing the best care possible to patients during a very uncertain time.”