Ryker is a three-year-old boy whose story we shared with you in our most recent direct mail. Ryker's story is an excellent example of the programs and services our donors help make available for children and youth with disabilities and health challenges living on Vancouver Island and in the surrounding region.
Last year, the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department donated a "Firefighter for a Day" gift certificate to the Comox Valley Butterfly Ball Auction. The past weekend the winner of the gift certificate, Amy Thomas, and friends were out with the members of the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department for an exciting day of Firefighter training! You can see videos of the experience here:
Today we had Janine Diddens come by to make a donation to the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. She presented us with this amazing Sesame Street Hanging Quilt!
This work of art was made with love and will be hung in a facility where it can bring many children happiness. We love unique donations like Janine's that show there are so many ways you can help children and give back to your community.
Every month, kids arrive at Children’s Foundation of Vancouver Island’s office with bags filled with coins they raised through lemonade stands and birthday parties. It is truly moving to see how eager they are to support children who need a helping hand.
A few weeks ago we had Charlie and her brother Eamonn stop by to donate Charlie's birthday money! Big thanks to Charlie for helping us help children in need and spreading the joy of giving. What a wonderful tradition that she will be passing on to her younger brother.
Children's Health Foundation is grateful to the Victoria chapter of the eWomenNetwork for their generous support of HerWay Home, a foundation-funded program that helps pregnant women and new mothers who struggle with substance use issues. The focus of this women's business group is women helping women—a great fit for supporting HerWay Home. Their grant of $6,000 embodies this spirit and will be used to support local women to have healthy babies.
Making it easier for kids to smile — that’s the mission of Dr. Hugh Lamont, team orthodontist at Island Health’s Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic.
Finding out your child has a cleft lip or palate is shocking. You have so many questions — How will my child feed and get nutrients? When will he have surgery? Will his speech be affected? Will she be accepted by her peers?
Dr. Lamont has seen the plight of parents and kids hundreds of times over the course of his more than 30 years as an orthodontist.
Cat in the Hat Comes Back to the Queen Alexandra Centre
Dr. Robert O'Connor outside the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health.Dr. Seuss would have loved this story of coincidence and caring: with the help of a few generous Islanders, a 1957 first edition copy of his classic book Cat in the Hat, which he autographed and dedicated to the Queen Alexandra Solarium years ago, has made its way home after being M.I.A. for over 20 years.
The tooth fairy has her work cut out for her at the dental office of Dr. Matt Evans and Dr. Dawn Webster! $8,700 worth of melted gold from dental prostheses was donated to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island’s Jeneece Place. Dr. Evans and Dr. Webster topped up the donation to $10,000.
“Everyone should have an equal opportunity to do what they love,” says 17-year-old Seamus Maguire, explaining why he donates his birthday money to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island every year.
The idea to donate came to Seamus around Christmas time, just before his ninth birthday. “My birthday’s December 31, and because it’s so close to Christmas, I never feel like I need anything more,” says the grade 12 student at Reynolds Secondary School. “There’s someone out there who could use the money more than I could.”