The Trusted team believes giving back is always in style. We are proud members of the Saskatoon business community. We love our city and do what we can in an effort to support local events, non-profits and to help individuals in need.
Help Sara reach her fundraising target and Support Sanctum Care Group by donating:
"If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody." ~ Malcolm Bane
On May 25 & 26, 2023, our founder Sara Wheelwright, and eight other community leaders will live as if homeless for 36 hours on the streets of Saskatoon as part of the Sanctum Survivor 36-Hour Challenge. In teams of two, Survivor participants will be given tasks to complete. Each lesson will aim to demonstrate specific challenges that society is often unaware of but are an everyday reality for those homeless with HIV. Participants will wear donated clothes and shoes. They will not be allowed personal belongings other than a phone (to update the public on their journey). The event itself is both powerful and unprecedented. It attempts to shed light on the intense hardship faced by people who experience poverty, homelessness and chronic illness here in Saskatoon.
Owner of Trusted Saskatoon and Trusted Marketing Services, Sara is an award-winning marketer, entrepreneur, and community supporter. Sara is committed to supporting our community and volunteers her time and professional resources. You will find her organizing & facilitating conferences to provide tools and a safe space to discuss critical social issues, such as youth suicide, domestic violence and trauma.
She donates ongoing marketing services to support many non-profit fundraising events and ongoing campaigns., Including, but not limited to, Wiegers Care For Kids, TLC@Home, Saskatoon Progress Club, Mending Little Hearts and TeleMiracle.
Nothing satisfies Sara more than promoting and supporting local non-profits and organizations to succeed. When she was approached to be a participant in the 2023 challenge,
she didn't hesitate to step up; she had heard about the fantastic work Sanctum has been doing in Saskatoon and wanted to do all she could to help.
Sanctum is Saskatchewan's first hospice with respite and supportive care for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Sanctum Group is a registered Non-profit, and it runs several vital programs.
The hospice and transitional care home provides around-the-clock transitional care for HIV-positive persons with social and high-risk behaviours and conditions, including homelessness, that prevents them from adequately caring for themselves. In addition, this home provides compassionate end-of-life care to HIV-positive individuals with a palliative diagnosis.
10-bed prenatal care home which supports high-risk and HIV-positive pregnant women at risk of having their infants apprehended at birth.
Sanctum provides a community for individuals requiring supportive care to attain their optimum level of health while maximizing their control and dignity. Incorporating existing community services in Sanctum's safe and supportive environment, the prenatal home works preventively to meet these women's health and social needs more effectively and efficiently, improving the health and well-being of mom and baby while mitigating the risks associated with apprehensions of infants at birth.
As of May 2022, 92 mothers completed/graduated the program – 93 babies were prevented from entering foster care. In addition, mothers who have successfully graduated from the program have had an additional 56 children returned to their care. A total of 149 children are now successfully within the care of their mothers, either through prevention or return from foster care.
" I humbly ask for your support as a participant in the 2023 Sanctum Survivor Challenge, I have a target to raise $20,000 and I can only do that with the help of my friends, family and colleagues. Sanctum does much-needed work in our city, and I acknowledge that the 36-hour homelessness experience by no means accurately depicts the numerous barriers and complex issues faced by persons who survive daily in poverty and homelessness; however, I hope that drawing awareness of some of the many challenges our cities most vulnerable citizen face may be a catalyst for real and lasting change. Anything you can do to support me will be appreciated and valued. Thank you in advance " Sara Wheelwright
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
There are several ways you can support Sara in the 2023 Challenge.
1. Follow along on Sara's social media to take part in her journey in The 2023 Sanctum Survivor Challenge on May 25th & 26th 2023Please SHARE Sara's posts to help spread awareness of this year's challenge.
1.. Help Sara reach her fundraising target and Support Sanctum Care Group by donating here:
4. Another way you can help is to donate much-needed Items to Sanctum. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will arrange for pick up. See the list of items Sanctum 1.5 needs below.
Winter gear – coats, boots, toques, mitts, etc.
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Sports bras/nursing bras
Adult colouring books/coloured markers
Feminine hygiene products
Maternity wear/sweat pants(leggings)/Nightshirts(P.J.’s)
Men's and women's sweats, shoes, comfortable indoor clothing
Please note: Health Regulations require that these items be unopened and in their original packaging.
Large slow cooker
Nonperishable food items