Pond Hockey Festival makes donation to Pennies for Pediatrics

by Community Submission | May 17, 2013
Pond Hockey

Pictured from left, Barb Nott, chair of the Pond Hockey Festival on the Rocks, Cliff Richardson, president of the HSN Volunteer Association and Yves Poirier, an organizer of the festival. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Health Sciences North’s (HSN) Volunteer Association’s Pennies for Pediatrics campaign is one of three charities that are benefiting from the proceeds of February’s Pond Hockey Festival on the Rocks. Cliff Richardson, president of the HSN Volunteer Association, accepted a $10,000 cheque presented by Barb Nott, chair of the Pond Hockey Festival on the Rocks, and Yves Poirier, an organizer of the festival.

Poirier brought the Pennies for Pediatrics Campaign to the other pond hockey organizers and advocated on behalf of the HSN Volunteer Association to secure this donation.

“I wanted to contribute to Pennies For Pediatrics because my son was born prematurely and needed to spend two weeks in an incubator in HSN’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit,” Poirier said. “It was the most difficult time in our lives.

“After the fantastic treatment and care we received from doctors, nurses and staff, my wife and I felt we wanted to contribute to HSN to ensure that families with children in care at HSN receive the same level of support that we had.”

Richardson said the association is grateful for the donation. “Because of support like this from our community, we’re confident we’ll reach our campaign target of $100,000.”

Proceeds from the Pennies for Pediatrics campaign will be used to retrofit HSN’s existing therapy pool into a Snoezelen Pool. A Snoezelen Pool uses special lighting, sounds and other sensory stimulation for therapeutic treatment of children with developmental challenges, such as autism.

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