Healthy Hearts, Helping Hands

On February 14th, students from St. Marguerite d'Youville school in London sent a special valentine to Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre in honour of Congenital Heart Defect Day.

From February 3rd to the 14th the school’s student parliament held a coin drive to collect donations in support of paediatric cardiac care at Children’s. On Valentine’s Day, a group of grade 8 students proudly presented a cheque for $730.34 and a valentine signed by each class at their school to Children’s Health Foundation and the cardiac team at Children’s. The Hyde Park Walmart added to the students’ donation by contributing valentine themed stuffed animals to help comfort paediatric patients during cardiac imaging and procedures.

The gifts were collected as part of the school’s Healthy Hearts, Helping Hands campaign. The campaign was inspired by fellow student and Children’s patient, Rachael Wright, who has a congenital heart defect. Along with the fundraising, students made "healthy heart" announcements each morning during the month of February and participated in Valentine’s Day aerobics and dance activities to get their hearts pumping.

“It was so great to see how the kids had an opportunity to benefit from the education on heart health over the course of the month,” says Lisa Wright, Rachael’s mom.  “It was also really wonderful to see them learn the importance of giving and how it helps kids in their school community.”

The event was also held in conjunction with Cardiology Technologists Day.

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