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Singers Sheryl Crow and Sting performed last Thursday in Toronto at the One Night Live benefit to support a new health program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Sunnybrook is a world leader in perinatal and gynaecological research and care, particularly in high risk pregnancies, and houses a multiple birth clinic that specializes in caring for women carrying more than one baby at a time. Their state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot centre for the High Risk Mothers & Babies Program is still being expanded in order to accommodate hundreds more babies each year.

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Sting explained why he decided to perform in the fundraiser: “I did it because Sheryl was doing it.” Crow added, “And I did it because Sting was doing it.”

As parents, Crow and Sting both see the value in the Sunnybrook unit and were happy to participate in the concert. Crow said, “My son is the most important person in [my life]. I love it when there’s a charitable component. .. And to be part of something that is doing good work.”

Last year’s performers – Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, and RyanDan – along with a private $8 million donation from Aubrey and Marla Dan – raised $12 million for the centre. The new complex is due to be completed mid-2010.

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