April 5, 2013
Fredericton (April 5, 2013) – Students from Garden Creek Elementary School’s grade five class presented a cheque for $16,300 to the Stan Cassidy Centre earlier today. The class, which participated in the Cassidy’s Kids fundraising program, raised the largest single contribution – $4,000 – through the program so far this school year.
The grade five class hand painted wooden chairs and offered them for auction at an evening event. They made their donation in memory of Adam Wright, a well-known local ability advocate and out-patient of the Stan Cassidy Centre, who passed away early in 2013.
“I am so happy that we raised money for the Stan Cassidy Kids because now they can buy more things to help more people,” says Shirley Andow, one of the participating students. Her classmate Madeline Yerxa said the night of the auction was magical, with musicians playing, children dancing and clapping, and that it left them all with a warm fuzzy feeling.
Money from the Cassidy’s Kids program was presented to the centre to purchase a list of technology needs. This year’s list included virtual musical instrument software, a webcam and specially-adapted toys. Many of the technology items that have become part of most schoolchildren’s lives have great clinical benefit to both child and adult rehab patients.
As participants in the program, the “Creekers” were treated to a tour of the Stan Cassidy Centre earlier this year. The tour gave them exposure to rehabilitation engineering, occupational and physio-therapy, as well as a short history of Stan Cassidy. The engineering component included hands-on experience working an adapted Wiimote, a banana used as a computer mouse for an alphabet board, and a foot pedal that strummed a guitar.
Cassidy’s Kids was launched just prior to the beginning of this school year, as a partnership between the Stan Cassidy Foundation and the NBTA Credit Union. The program engages schools, classes, teachers and individual students to raise funds for the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation’s list of technology needs. Anyone seeking further information on the program can contact the foundation’s executive director at Alissa.Lee@HorizonNB.ca or by calling 506-443-2151.