Thursday, July 23, 2009

Donating to Paediatrics

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
PG Sikh Youth Society is fortunate enough to occasionally donate stuffed animals to the paediatrics ward at the Prince George Regional Hospital. We have done it three times now, and from what I have heard, the kids/patients really seem to enjoy them. Usually a patient will get a stuffed animal near the end of their stay. A few of our members are Junior volunteers and volunteer at the hospital once a week for two hours. In this time we help with various duties such as cleaning toys and well as getting to interact with the patients.

I have had to visit family members in the hospital at times in my life, as many of us have had to do. One can only imagine how hard it must be to have an illness and live in the hospital. It must be even harder for kids, who should be carefree and be playing. Any little thing, like a new stuffed animal, would help the children and their parents pass through tough times. That is what we are trying to do when we give stuffed toys.

The Paediatrics ward is working on a new project for the kids, an outdoor playground. This is a great idea. It will help young patients visiting the hospital get more active, which will help them get healthier and feel better sooner. It will help them remember something about the hospital other than the needles, exams, doctors, X-rays etc.

On March 29, 2009 the PG Sikh Youth donated 1150$ to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to go towards the outdoor playground. Members fundraised money.

Showing compassion towards others and helping each other out is what Sikhism is all about.

PG Sikh Youth members donating to Pediatrics Ward at the Prince George Regional Hospital

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