Grade 2 students at Father John Kelly Catholic Elementary School in Maple, recently wrapped-up its annual toy drive, in support of the Sick Kids Foundation. This year, the students also decided to help out Julia, a Grade 1 student at St. Julia Billiart CES in Markham. Julia is suffering from a rare form of cancer and is undergoing costly, extensive, experimental treatment in New York.
The grade 2 students raised $1,000 which will be split between a special fund set up to help pay for Julia’s treatment, as well as the Hospital for Sick Kids, Sick Kids Foundation.
The money was raised by selling gently used toys at the school, which the students collected over the past two months. Understanding the power of a toy for a child, while at the same time reaching out to help others who are in need, inspires the Father John Kelly CES students to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. As the students prepare for their First Communion, they are learning how acts of kindness, sharing, and caring for others is not only personally rewarding, but can also make a big difference to other children.
A number of other York Catholic schools are also raising funds to help Julia and her family pay for the life-saving treatment she needs, that is not available in Canada nor covered by OHIP. To learn more about Julia, and how you can help, please visit http://www.ycdsb.ca/News/St-Julia-Donations/default.htm.