BARRIE BOY WEAVES UP FUNDRAISER FOR RVH

Age is not a factor when it comes to successfully raising funds for charity, as recently proven by an eight year old Barrie boy.

After needing the services of RVH, local youth, Elliot was so grateful for the kindness he received while there that he decided to do a fundraiser in honour of the health centre. He put his rainbow loom bracelet making skills to good use to create a custom fundraiser raising $833.

Elliot showing off several of the bracelets he made for his fundraiser in support of patient care.

“I wanted to raise money for RVH because they made me feel better and they were all so nice when I there,” he said.

The youth wove hundreds of the colourful bracelets, selling them to family and friends in exchange for a donation to RVH patient care. He ended up receiving so many orders, he had to enlist the help of his parents and brother.

“We’re mailing the bracelets now to as far away as our family in Australia,” says his Mom, Megan. “It’s has been a great way to spend time together as a family and give back to a great cause. The care at RVH was truly exceptional. It’s scary when your child requires health services and the team at RVH were just wonderful with him, and us.”

Elliot’s donation of $833 was matched by RVH donors Rita and Peter Premich, who are inspired by young philanthropists. The Premich’s will match all funds donated by children and youth up to $10,000 – with a focus on birthday donations and creative fundraisers like Elliot’s.

“RVH can only evolve and expand through the support of our community and it’s fundraisers like Elliot’s initiative that help us advance how we care for patients of today and tomorrow in the moments that matter most,” said Kelly Pottage, RVH Foundation Manager of Community Giving. “We are so grateful to him for the funds and for illustrating that you can support a cause that is meaningful to you, at any age.”

ARE YOU A YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST INTERESTED IN FUNDRAISING FOR RVH? For more information and ideas visit EventsforRVH.ca

Pictured left to right – Stella Johnson, RVH Emergency Operations Director, young fundraiser, Elliott and his mom, Megan, and Kelly Viljanmaa, Administrative Assistant, RVH Emergency Department.