People matter. That message lies at the core of Assured Automotive’s philosophy in being a Care4 partner. Five of its collision repair service locations throughout the region are committed to making a $50 contribution to McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation for each vehicle repaired, to a maximum of $20,000 a year.
Carl Mohammed, Manager of Business Development at Assured Automotive, recognized yet another opportunity to support The Foundation.
“I had a dream of opening my own business many years ago,” Carl recalls. “I wanted to open a store that sold baby clothes that were sports-licensed. I purchased about $15,000 worth of inventory, clothing with logos for the Original Six hockey teams.”
Carl had planned to begin with an online operation and eventually move to a bricks and mortar store space. Unfortunately, other commitments prevented the business from launching.
“Life just got busy. I had a second child. Then a third. Then I started working longer hours and didn’t have time to pursue my own business venture.”
– Carl Mohammed
After Carl joined Assured Automotive, he was given a tour of McMaster Children’s Hospital along with some of his fellow associates from the participating Assured locations. It was during that tour that he fully realized the importance of donor support to the hospital, as government funding does not cover the costs of equipment purchases.
Carl’s son Cedric, who has Down syndrome, had received excellent care at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Wanting to do more than just say “thank you,” Carl wanted to give back in a more tangible way. He decided to help other children and families by donating the clothes from his sports business venture to McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“It’s different kinds of clothes,” he explains. “Onesies, shirts, pants, hooded tops, pajamas. Some of the children stay at the hospital for an extended period of time, so they could use some extra clothing. If you have a baby and you’re going home when it’s cold outside, there are winter outfits to keep them warm.”
The greatest personal reward for Carl is realizing that he can make a positive impact on the community.
“I want to be able to go home every day and tell my kids that Daddy did something that will help other people. At the end of the day, what’s important is that you can make a real difference in other people’s lives. This donation and my work on the Care4 program at Assured give me that feeling.”
To learn more about the Care4 program, visit hamiltonhealth.ca/care4.