Local college students raised more than $3,000 for the Community Wellness Bus during the annual Child and Youth Care "We All Love Kids" (WALK) event held April 2 at Sault College’s Health and Wellness Centre.
"On behalf of Sault Area Hospital, I would like to thank Sault College’s third year Child and Youth Care class for their generous donation of $3,000 to support the Community Wellness bus initiative," says Mental Health and Addictions Program Clinical Director, Lisa Case, in a news release issued by the college. "These funds will be diligently used to support programming for some of our most vulnerable clients in our community.”
Full text of the news release follows:
Each year, Sault College’s third year Child and Youth Care (CYC) students host the We All Love Kids (WALK) event for community members to enjoy all while supporting a local organization. This year’s class collaborated to organize and host a fun, family-friendly event that welcomed community members for an afternoon of exciting activities in support of the Community Wellness Bus. CYC students presented a cheque for more than $3,000 to the local organization, which focuses on helping individuals in need of medical care, referrals, harm reduction, and basic necessities.
Lisa Case, clinical director of the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Sault Area Hospital, expressed her gratitude for the generous donation. "On behalf of Sault Area Hospital, I would like to thank Sault College’s third year Child and Youth Care class for their generous donation of $3,000 to support the Community Wellness bus initiative. These funds will be diligently used to support programming for some of our most vulnerable clients in our community.”
The event was made possible by the generosity of sponsors such as the Kiwanis Club of SSM, which is a global organization dedicated to serving the children of the world one child, one community at a time.
“Our local club does service and fundraising with this goal in mind while trying to provide for the youth in our community. Our support of the CYC program is one way our club can improve the lives of youth in our city as these graduates may one day go out into our community and provide a service for the youth. We would like to thank the community for supporting our fundraisers, so we can continue to support our young children of our community,” said Jim St. Jules, president, Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie.
The organizers of the CYC WALK are thrilled with the success of the event and grateful for the support of the community and many generous donors and contributors, including Josh Mansfield, Mansfield Contracting, Samantha Lewis, Samantha Beauty, as well as Sport Center Bar and Grill, Thrive, CKB Woodworks, Odeno, and Entomica.
“We are so proud of our graduating class for organizing another successful fundraising campaign,” said Donna Mansfield, professor, Child and Youth Care, Sault College. “The students used their learning and skills and remained focused on ensuring the success of this event. Sault College is grateful to all those who helped make this event possible through various means. Our community has and continues to support our students and this year was no exception,” Donna added.
For more information about Sault College’s Child and Youth Care program, visit the website.