Gosfield North raises nearly $2200 to help Kids Curing Cancer’s MRI goal

The staff at Gosfield North Public School could not be prouder of the giving nature of the student body as the school was able to raise $2183.80 during its week of Loonie License Days.

All last week, the students had an option to bring in a dollar each day to participate in the activities planned. That included a backwards day on Monday, hat/gum day on Tuesday, an extended recess on Wednesday, wear a favourite team jersey on Thursday, and wear pajamas on Friday.

All proceeds will be donated to Kids Curing Cancer’s goal of purchasing a new MRI machine for Erie Shores Health Foundation.

The Gosfield North Public School Leadership Team, consisting of students in grade seven and eight, worked to promote this campaign with their school peers. They also helped to collect the donations each day of the campaign.

Activities like these are a great way to teach youths that they can help make a difference in their community. It also shows them that with everyone contributing a little, a lot can be done to support an important initiative, such as getting an MRI machine for Erie Shores Healthcare through Kids Curing Cancer.

Kids Curing Cancer started several years ago by the musically inclined Baillargeon family of Amherstburg, including siblings Lauren, and twins Ty and Kierstyn. Originally, Lauren wanted a way to thank and support the healthcare professionals for caring for her grandfather, Dan Gerard, who was also a long-time resident of Gesto. He passed away from pancreatic cancer several years ago.

After ten-years of fundraising, over $116k has been raised to fight cancer and support patients. In its first years of fundraising, Kids Curing Cancer forwarded its proceeds to the Patient Assistance Fund through the Windsor Cancer Centre, totalling $16,960. It also donated $30,039.88 to support Erie Shores Health Foundation, $15,326 to the Ronald McDonald House of Windsor, $35,638 to the Fight Like Mason Foundation, and $10,371 to the radiation department for needed equipment.

Sylene Argent, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Essex Free Press