Saturday, 9 February 2008

Why Canuck Place? respite care

Why Canuck Place? I think it is because of people like the young girl I was with today. I spent the morning with her. She doesn't use her voice to speak. She uses her eyes and her smile. I got a high five out of her this morning and encouraged her to give Brenda the nurse a major sticking out of the tongue today.
The girl is ten. Her mum takes care of her 24-7 and gets a break when she visits the house for a weekend.
The House is a home away from home for 350 kids involved in the program. I believe that each kid gets about 20 days a year they can schedule for respite care. This gives families a break. Either the child comes on their own...or the whole family comes and enjoys the break that extra care can afford.

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The Blog

My name is Malcolm and I was a volunteer at Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for nearly seven years. Now I support them by raising money by participating in the Canuck Place Adventure Challenges!

I said hospice. Not really a word that you associate with children but there you go. We will tell you about the house as this blog progresses with the hope that you will learn, and as you learn we hope that you will share. The purpose of the Adventure Challenge is to raise money for AND awareness about Canuck Place.

The name of each kid at the house you read about has been changed.

September 14th and 15th are the dates for the next Adventure Challenges.

You can sponsor me for the race here: Adventure Challenge
Maybe you should do the race?


Just a quick note about the names of the kids in the house that you will read about: they are made up!