Ashley Park School donates over $10,000 to Children's Hospital

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A loud cheer erupted when Ashley Park School unveiled the grand total raised during their fundraising efforts for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan during a special school assembly on May 15.

And it was a deservedly loud cheer, as the initiative generated an announced total of $10,255 at the assembly, but additional donations have already pushed that total to $10,595.

"It's incredible. I almost literally fell off my chair when I saw the total," admitted Jana Shychoski, Provincial Development Manager for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, who was at Thursday's assembly to recognize the achievement.

With a school size of 260 students, the Ashley Park K-Kidz Club led a school raffle initiative where Ashley Park families ended up selling 4,670 tickets. An additional over $5,000 was generated by requests for personal and business donations, with K-Kidz Club members writing persuasive letters which were send to a variety of Swift Current and area businesses.

"They deserve to be excited, it's an incredible donation that's for sure," Shychoski said as excited students were heading back to their classrooms after the assembly. "It shows the support that we're getting from all across the province. And it's incredible that the community of Swift Current stood up and helped out."

Sharing a message for the need for a Children's Hospital in the province was Ashley Park School Grade 5 student Amisha Hockridge, who is currently serving as the 2013 Champion Child for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

"Although I'm only 10 years old, I've already travelled over 24,000 kilometres for surgery. This includes four trips to the United States and a total of nine surgeries," Hockridge said. "I have spent a lot of time in Children's Hospitals, so I know what a difference it can make."

Shychoski noted that following the recently announced room expansion at the Children's Hospital, and ever changing technologies, there is an ongoing need for fundraising for the project.

"We will always need more funds absolutely because equipment is always evolving and changing," she said. "We're excited about the addition of the extra rooms and it means that we're kind of measuring twice and cutting once, as the Minister of Health said, and it's a perfect example of that. They are just making sure that everything's taken care of before we actually start. And it is going to serve the entire province, so that's incredible."

She also said donations like the one they accepted in Swift Current shows the provincial buy in of support for the project.

"We are so thankful for all of the community support and it's incredible to see what people are doing for the kids of Saskatchewan. And they see that need and they are behind us and supporting us."

Organizations: Ashley Park School, Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, Ashley Park School K-Kidz Club

Geographic location: Swift Current, Ashley Park, Saskatchewan

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  • Rev. Jim Kirk (retired)
    May 22, 2014 - 15:13

    Congratulations. My son, Jim Kirk, was a student at A.P. in late 70's, and, in his name I am sending a check to help, I saw your their effort for the Sask. Children's Hospital Foundation. Read about you on My Yahoo.