Wheels surpasses goal for a 3rd time!
After two successful campaigns in 2011 and 2012, first to build a wheelchair accessible playground and then a therapeutic sculpture garden for The Darling Home for Kids, the team of dedicated local volunteers, affectionately known as the “Wheels Committee,” returned for a third year. This year the volunteers hoped to raise $60,000.
On August 29, Elizabeth Harding and Pete Pomeroy, the Co-Chairs of Wheels for The Darling Home for Kids presented by Mattamy Homes announced the cycling event once again surpassed its goal, this time raising $77,380 for the Milton-based facility. This includes a gift of $17,380 from the charitable arm of Macquarie Group Limited, a global financial services group. The funds will be used to upgrade a respite suite at the paediatric respite and hospice as well as provide vital funds for the Home to continue its services to families with medically complex children.
“The equipment and furnishings we will purchase have been on our ‘wish list’ for many years,” explained Kristin Horrell, Executive Director of The Darling Home for Kids. “We are very excited to finally have the funds to complete the bedroom.”
The upgrades to the respite suite include the purchase of a permanent Safeguard Bed, a ceiling track lift and a large mural by artist Susy Bleasby. The Safeguard Bed is a specialized bed for children who experience sleep disturbances, such as children diagnosed with Angelman’s Syndrome. It provides a safe rest area for children who are prone to wandering in the night. Ceiling track lifts are commonplace in health care facilities and assist caregivers in transferring children to and from their bed using slings. Ms. Bleasby is an accomplished mural artist. Her playful and colourful murals are featured throughout the Home and add interest to each suite. For this respite suite Ms. Bleasby has designed a whimsical mural featuring animals sleeping in hammocks.
“This is a very special project that will have immediate impact once completed,” says Ms. Harding, who is an Investment Advisor with Macquarie Private Wealth and an avid cyclist. “We are very grateful to all the corporations and individuals who have helped us with this project for these special children.”
Mattamy Homes returned as the presenting sponsor for the third year. In addition to its sponsorship, several executives and business associates of Mattamy Homes participated as cyclists or helped organize the event, including Co-Chair Pete Pomeroy. Mr. Pomeroy founded the fundraiser to help raise awareness of The Darling Home for Kids and money for capital projects that improve a child’s quality of life.
“Last year we raised $150,000 to construct a therapeutic sculpture garden,” explained Mr. Pomeroy. “Today we share the results with the community who helped build it!”
With the help of Milton Mayor, Gordon Krantz and Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr, the Home proudly revealed the therapeutic sculpture garden. The garden provides barrier-free access to a serene garden set in the forest. With its kinetic wind sculptures, enclosed pavilion and propane-fueled fire pit, the children- and their families – will have a stimulating and peaceful outdoor experience.