ST. ANTHONY, NL – The St. Anthony hospital got extra colourful last Friday to raise money for sick children.
The second annual Sock It for Sick Kids took off at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital on Friday, Oct. 13. Staff at the Labrador South Health Centre in Forteau and the Strait of Belle Isle Health Centre in Flower’s Cove also took part.
Sandee Thomas and Linda Coombs have been hard at work bringing this provincial campaign to the local St. Anthony level, organizing the walk fundraiser and selling socks and shirts to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.
With many reusing their socks from last year’s event and over 130 additional pairs purchased this year, organizers managed to raise plenty of money and morale for the initiative.
“There’s a lot of community members coming in asking about what’s going on,” said Coombs. “You see a lot more smiles because everyone’s dressed in funny socks.”
This year the event has expanded beyond the hospital, with several groups and organizations across St. Anthony pulling up their socks and getting involved.
“Last year it was pretty much isolated at the hospital but it’s gotten much bigger now,” said Thomas. “Now it’s gone to the Riddles and Rhymes Day Care, the Boys and Girls Club, Foodland, the Burne’s Family store and White Hills Academy.”
Visitors to the hospital have also made donations, as well as many patients. While the teachers at White Hills Academy got involved and purchased socks to participate, Coombs says there is discussion to get the students more involved next year.
Last year’s Sock It for Sick Kids event in St. Anthony raised around $2,400. Those reusing their socks from last year are still making contributions.
“Not one person we asked didn’t want to participate,” said Thomas.