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Port Hope & District Health Care Foundation Makes $30,000 Gift To Help Five Counties’ Kids Communicate

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Port Hope & District Health Care Foundation is helping the kids at Five Counties Children’s Centre in two ways this holiday season.

The Foundation has made a $30,000 donation to the Centre’s “Building Abilities for Life” campaign to ensure kids in Northumberland get the speech and language treatment and support they need. The need for the Centre’s speech-language and communication therapies grows every year and because of the increasing need, some children must wait, falling further behind.

“We are proud to support Five Counties Children’s Centre’s ‘Building Abilities for Life’ campaign to support as many children and their families in Northumberland as possible to receive the speech and language therapy they need now.” shares Matt Clayton, President of the Foundation. “We know that through this support, kids will also benefit from a mental health viewpoint – imagine the stress and anxiety for some kids who can’t do the things like talking to other children or having the confidence to speak up at school. Helping to address both a child’s speech and language skills and improving their mental health at the same time is a win-win for our Foundation, the Centre and the kids and families receiving this support. “

With community investment, children can get the treatment they need, when they need it. It’s in this aspect of community investment where the Foundation is helping kids a second time. They have also generously committed to a match all donations made to the campaign in Northumberland up to $38,500 for a total of $77,000 from this endeavour.

Along with their initial $30,000 gift, their efforts will help raise the $107,000 portion of the campaign goal needed to address the waitlist in Northumberland and get kids into assessment and treatment sooner.

The overall goal of the campaign in Five Counties’ communities including Northumberland, Peterborough, City of Kawarthas lakes, Haliburton and Minden is $250,000.

“This campaign is important because we know the earlier a child can receive treatment, the more likely it is they can reach their full communication potential. This investment carries forward into adulthood, where having these improved skills will continue to provide a positive impact on their quality of life.” says Scott Pepin, CEO of Five Counties. “We want to thank the Port Hope & District Health Care Foundation for the incredible generosity and continued investment for kids in Northumberland.”

To learn more about the campaign and how you can help at https://www.fivecounties.on.ca/balcampaign/

 

 

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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