Fundraiser for hospital projects includes family-friendly activities

The third annual JFK Stroll for Kids event will help raise funds to purchase urgently-needed medical equipment for the Montreal Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Respiratory Medicine department



A fun-filled morning for kids will help support the young patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The third annual JFK Stroll for Kids event will take place on Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Trudeau Park in Cote St. Luc and will feature live musical performances, arts and crafts, face painting and more.

All proceeds will go towards supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, including two initiatives launched in partnership with the Just for Kids Foundation: JFK Sibling Park and the JFK Kangaroo Care Program, both of which are part of the foundation’s “A Breath For Life” campaign.

JFK Sibling Park will provide parents with a space to leave their healthy kids while they spend time with their hospitalized siblings. The JFK Kangaroo Care Program encourages skin-to-skin contact between parent and child, a therapy method known to save lives.

Registration for the event will take place from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and kids will receive a passport, map of Trudeau Park, as well as a musical instrument to use during a celebration in the afternoon.

Families are encouraged to raise at least $250 prior to the day’s event (those who do will receive a goodie bag). If families have not raised the $250, they will be asked to make up the difference at the registration booth. If you want to start raising money now, you can register your family online and your own customizable donation page will be automatically created. You will be able to share the page and solicit donations. The JFK Foundation hopes to raise at least $200,000 at this year’s event.

Kids will be able to fill up their passports with stickers at several different stations on the grounds, all of which will host activities for them to do. They’ll also be able to hang out with the MCH mascot, Caramel, as well as superheroes and princesses, visit animals at the petting zoo and enjoy a live performance by 15-year-old singer Emmy Aronovitch.

The first station will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will feature a sing-along session with animator La La Lesley, as well as laser tag, a dance party, painting, a giant playground and snacks.

The second station, open from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will include an obstacle course, break dancing, and a soft play zone for infants and toddlers.

The day’s big event is a celebration that will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the stage. Bach Before Bedtime, an entertainment group inspired by the composer, will collaborate with Montreal Clowns for a performance and kids can use their musical instruments to play and dance along.

Families can then dress up and take pictures together at a photo booth before grabbing a bite to eat.

Stroll for Kids was founded in 2015 by co-chairs Alana Geller and Jodie Frenkiel, who both gave birth to premature twins the year before. They were inspired to give back to the Montreal Children’s Hospital thanks to the care their families received from the doctors and nurses working in the neonatal intensive care unit. Stroll for Kids is a community-based fundraiser that focuses on the kids. In the event’s first year, they raised $100,000 and that number has increased every year since.

For more information, visit jfkfoundation.ca.

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