A gift to women’s health

Inspired by a recent gift to The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) by a 95-year-old woman, six girls from St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School in Barrhaven recently spearheaded a fundraising project of their own.

Julia Chiarello, Karlee Giancola, Paige Knight, Jackie Kuhn, Tia Lovegrove and Emily Van Noort, who will all be entering Grade 6 in the fall, were inspired to help after hearing about Dr. Marguerite Ritchie’s gift to women’s health earlier this summer.

“The moms of two of my good friends just had breast cancer,” said Emily, who came up with the idea to do a fundraiser. “And my other friend's grandmother also had breast cancer. I wanted to do something to help. I had my friends over and we had a planning day to think of all the ideas we could do to raise some money for the new breast cancer centre.”

With a goal of raising $1,000 for the Healthy Women Healthy Community initiative, the girls held a bake sale, sold bracelets and lemonade and did helpful jobs for seniors.

“This is exactly what the “Healthy Women Healthy Community Initiative is all about - encouraging women of all ages in our community to make their health a priority and to do all they can to support other women,” said Emily’s mother, Jennifer Van Noort, who is also the Vice-President of Philanthropy at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. “It is wonderful to see these girls stepping forward!”