History

HISTORY OF SCAGO
The Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO) started on June 14th, 2005, as the Seed of Life Philanthropic Organization (SOLPO). It was created in loving memory of a brave young man- Sunday Afolabi who succumbed to complications of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), in October 1999.

The SCAGO was established by the founders of All Naturals Cosmetics Inc, Lanre and Timothy Tunji-Ajayi – as a way to support the marginalized in the communities they do business.

To ensure we do not forget how it all began, we’ve showcased the three board members that supported Timothy and Lanre when the organization first started in 2005.

To read about our key achievements over these years click here


Norma Allison Campbell- SOLPO’s first Vice-President
In 2005, Lanre from All Naturals Cosmetics Inc wanted to give back to the community. She presented me with the idea of helping raise funds for various diseases, starting with Sickle Cell. She spoke with such passion and conviction that I knew there was no turning back. I have seen the then-established Seed of Life Philanthropic Organization Inc (SOLPO) go from one meeting to the next, one awareness and training session to the next.

The organization is now fully focused on Sickle Cell Disease and is now known as the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO).  It has become a very recognized agency supporting persons with SCD in Ontario.

Lanre and the first board established a strong foundation working long hours and we are proud of what they continue to accomplish.


Moni Williams- SOLPO’s first Secretary
As the very first secretary of SOLPO, now SCAGO; I joined during its inception in 2005 and served in this capacity until 2009. I was involved in the different activities that laid the foundation for the organization – writing the by-laws, defining organizational goals, and planning events. Having been touched personally by Sickle Cell Disease, I am driven by the thought that pending the time a cure would be found, all that can be done to create an awareness of the disease and the means of preventing it. Nothing is too little to contribute; all hands must be on deck to spread the word. Starting with one’s immediate environment, everyone needs to educate their spouse, children, friends, and neighbors who are susceptible to SCD. Prevention they say is better than cure!


Hadijat Lawson- SOLPO’s first Treasurer
A pioneer member, I served SOLPO as its treasurer from 2005 to 2010.

On May 25, 2013, Hadijat was recognized for her contributions towards SCAGO and was awarded the Community Award of Excellence for contributing to the advancements in SCD in Ontario.

She continues to advocate for the prevention of new SCD births by educating various associations in the Nigerian community, including the Nigerian Canadian Muslim Association on getting tested for sickle cell trait (SCT). In addition, Hadijat continues to support SCAGO’s fundraising goals.


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Today is #GivingTuesday! Each year, millions around the globe give back on this special day and support the causes close to their hearts. On this Giving Tuesday, we ask for your help in supporting SCAGOs mission of improving the lives of those living with sickle cell disease. To make a donation, visit www.sicklecellanemia.ca/donate

SCAGO will once again be hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic for the at the the TAIBU Community Health Centre!

-$25 Amazon gift cards will be gifted to the first 10 people (one per family).
-Transportation support will also be provided via loaded Presto cards on-site (one per person).

This is a great opportunity to get vaccinated before the holiday rush so you and your loved ones can safely have fun!

Details:
Date & Time: Saturday, November 27th, 2021 from 9am-3pm
Location: TAIBU Community Health Centre, 27 Tapscott Rd #1, Scarborough,ON
Eligibility: OPEN TO AGES 12+, NO AREA RESTRICTIONS 1st or 2nd dose
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SCAGO will once again be hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic for the at the the TAIBU Community Health Centre!

-$25 Amazon gift cards will be gifted to the first 10 people (one per family). 
-Transportation support will also be provided via loaded Presto cards on-site (one per person). 

This is a great opportunity to get vaccinated before the holiday rush so you and your loved ones can safely have fun! 

Details:
Date & Time: Saturday, November 27th, 2021 from 9am-3pm
Location: TAIBU Community Health Centre, 27 Tapscott Rd #1, Scarborough,ON
Eligibility: OPEN TO AGES 12+, NO AREA RESTRICTIONS 1st or 2nd dose
Register:  https://forms.gle/eLw8LAYScjBsmyDc8

Only a few days left until Sickle Cell Disease Summit 2021! There are still a few spots left, so sign up to join us for this free, virtual conference on improving the quality of sickle cell disease care in Ontario: sicklecellanemia.ca/sickle-cell-summit

In this accredited conference, #healthcare providers will hear from patients as they participate in important conversations around health #equity and improving patient outcomes.
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Only a few days left until Sickle Cell Disease Summit 2021! There are still a few spots left, so sign up to join us for this free, virtual conference on improving the quality of sickle cell disease care in Ontario: https://sicklecellanemia.ca/sickle-cell-summit

In this accredited conference, #healthcare providers will hear from patients as they participate in important conversations around health #equity and improving patient outcomes.

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