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Kids Helping Health celebrates fundraising efforts

Last Updated Oct 31, 2019 at 12:05 pm MDT

PHOTO. Kid donors from across Wood Buffalo received a thank you and a hospital tour for their fundraising efforts to help the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre purchase two new pieces of diagnostic imaging equipment (in background). MYMCMURRAY/Phil Wood

Wood Buffalo’s youngest donors came together for a great cause.

The Northern Lights Health Foundation (NLHF) welcomed 23 of the region’s young philanthropists to the hospital for a special ceremony.

Inside the Suncor Heart of Health Lobby, the NLHF unveiled two new pieces of diagnostic imaging equipment purchased from funds raised by the kid donors.

“Age is no barrier to fundraising.” Said Cindy Amerongen, executive director for the NLHF. “We really wanted the kids to see how they can make a big impact on healthcare and demonstrate the kinds of equipment their donations can buy.”

Amerongen said their donations paid for two new immobilizers to keep kids safe and still for x-ray procedures.

One is a mult-positioning chair for infants, while the second is the Burton Bike.

Spirit of generosity

The NLHF also thanked members of the Fort McMurray Shrine Club, who donated $15,000 towards the purchase.

Club president, Marcel Vicar said helping kids is what they do.

“Our fundraising efforts locally, nationally, and internationally are focused on support for sick kids and families. We are proud to support the Northern Lights Health Foundation in improving maternal and pediatric health.”

Shrine Club members also gave each of the young entrepreneurs a teddy bear as a thank you for their efforts.

Additionally, employees from Telus made a $3000 donation.

They gave their Payday Lottery funds for the project.

PHOTO. Members of the Fort McMurray Shrine Club present the Northern Lights Health Foundation with a cheque for $15,000 towards the purchase of equipment to keep children safe and secure during x-ray procedures.


Kash for Kids co-founder, Joel Osmond had a lot to say about the Burton Bike.

He and his brother Dylan were on hand for the unveiling.

“The Burton Bike looks just like a mountain bike and I think it could be fun for a kid to be on it when they have their x-ray taken.”

Joel Osmond said he and his brother were happy to help with their donation.

“I feel like we are helping other people to get better.”

After receiving thank you letters and cake, the kids took a tour of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre‘s Diagnostic Imaging Centre.

They had an up-close look at their magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and radiography services.

The young entrepreneurs donated birthday money, lemonade stand earnings, and held raffles and bake sales to help with the purchase.

PHOTO. The thank-you cake for the young entrepreneurs at Kids Helping Health Thank You tour on Oct. 29, 2019. MYMCMURRAY/Phil Wood