The Great Big Dig

The Great Big Dig for the IWK

November 4, 2023
Halifax Convention Centre

The Event

On behalf of The Kent Great Big Dig for the IWK, we are excited to welcome you back!

The region’s most anticipated and exciting fundraising event is November 4, 2023. The Great Big Dig event brings you an unforgettable evening of food, entertainment, amazing auction items, prizes, and great company.

The last few years have been a global challenge; however, here in the Maritimes, we have thrived within our community; supporting one another through the pandemic while continuing to support the IWK. As you know, the continued generosity of the community and our sponsors have allowed The Great Big Dig to substantially impact the lives of children, youth, women, and families in our region even during the height of the pandemic.

The Purpose

The IWK requires a fleet of defibrillators. 13 are required at approximately $25,000 each, for a total cost of $333,288.

What is a Defibrillator?
A defibrillator is a device that provides a high energy shock to the heart to get it out of a potentially fatal heart rhythm (arrythmia). The high energy shock is called defibrillation. A defibrillator is an essential tool used to save the life of a patient in cardiac arrest. Every minute it takes for a defibrillator to reach the patient and deliver an appropriate shock decreases their chance of survival.

The high energy shock depolarizes, or changes, the electrical charge within the heart muscle, ending the arrythmia. The heart’s natural pacemaker, the SA node, is then able to re-establish a normal heart rhythm.

Defibrillators are an important part of CPR. They are available throughout the IWK for trained personal to use in an emergency. They are strategically placed in areas of the hospital and ready to take part in the resuscitation of a newborn, infant, child or adult at the IWK.

Evening Schedule

6:30PM Reception & Silent Auction
7:30PM Dinner & Main Stage Entertainment
10:30PM After Party With The Mellotones

The Sutton Place is pleased is pleased to offer Kent Great Big Dig attendees a special room rate of $189 based on availability. Call 1-866-378-8866 and quote Web Group Code: GBD2023 or click here for more information and booking (same code applies).

Title Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Jennifer Parkhill
Event Coordinator
Parkhill Events

Mike Johnson

Sarah Alguire
Discovery Centre

Christina Bradshaw

Jackie Healy
Parkhill Events

Melanie Matheson
IWK Foundation

Brian Paquette
Design Build Solutions

Caitlin Regan
Lindsay Construction

Liz Rigney

Dan Rudisuela

Stephanie Sancton

Jeremy Stewart
Marco Group

Vivek Tomar

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