TRENTON, ON. - Grade 12 students from the Recreation and Leadership class at St. Paul Catholic Secondary School in Trenton raised $9,400 during their Colour Run fundraising event on May 4. Proceeds were donated to the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation (TMHF) Tuesday in a cheque presentation. The funds will go towards the purchase of a new hospital bed.
L-R Colton Cooper, grade 12 student, Lindsay Butcher Dodds, Operations and Community Impact Specialist for the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation, Scott Hoogkamp, teacher for the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Shayla Coe, grade 12 student.
Lindsay Butcher Dodds, Operations and Community Impact Specialist for the TMH expressed heartfelt gratitude upon receipt of the donation, stating, "We are immensely grateful to St. Paul's grade 12 Leadership Class and Mr. Hoogkamp for their extraordinary efforts in organizing the Colour Run. Their unwavering dedication and compassion in supporting Trenton Memorial Hospital and raising funds for a new hospital bed have touched our hearts. Words cannot adequately convey the depth of our appreciation. The impact of their generosity, along with the unwavering support from the community and the entire St. Paul Catholic Secondary School, will transcend the walls of Trenton Memorial Hospital, positively impacting countless individuals and families in our community who rely on our hospital for their health and well-being. On behalf of TMHF and everyone at TMH, we extend our deepest and most profound thanks."
The event was organized by the grade 12 students and their teacher Mr. Hoogkamp and was made possible by the generous contributions of a number of community organizations.
Mr. Hoogkamp’s grade 12 Recreation and Leadership class following the Colour Run fundraising event on May 4, 2023.
Colton Cooper, grade 12 student, was able to use his employment connection at Season’s Dufferin Centre Retirement Living to gain the interest and participation of residents. Volunteers from Season’s supplied Colour Run participants with water, and the facility acted as a hydration station for the event.
“When we found out our class was going to be organizing the Colour Run we immediately began reaching out to community members. At times it was challenging to reach people, however our hard work really paid. We hosted a fun event and helped our community – it feels good to be able to that,” he said.
Shayla Coe, grade 12 student and students’ council member, describes the experience as eye opening. “We faced a lot of challenges in arranging for this event, but in the end, we preserved and pulled through as a team. As someone who is usually a participant in events such as these – I know have a whole new appreciation for our teachers and coaches for all that they do,” she said. Thank you to our community partners for their generous contributions:
About the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation (TMHF):
- City of Quinte West supplied a water buggy to accommodate a supply of drinking water at the school site.
- A360 supplied a flatbed, which was used as a stage.
- The Kiwanis Club of Trenton, generously donated funds to cover the purchase of meat from Smylie's Your Independent Grocer for the school-wide BBQ.
- FreshCo supplied the buns and condiments.
- Parent volunteer and local realtor Janie Harrison donated snacks and juice boxes.
- Bill's John supplied portable toilets.
- Local OPP officers provided students with a safety talk before the event and helped students to cross highways safely.
- Mayor Jim Harrison supported St. Paul Catholic Secondary School students by speaking at and attending the event.
- Nick Ogden, Special Event Coordinator for the City of Quinte West, provided students with support in the planning process.
- Lindsay Butcher Dodds, Operations and Community Impact Specialist for the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation facilitated a colour station in front of the Hospital.
- Chris MacDonald and the staff & residents of Seasons Dufferin Centre provided a hydration station on the course and provided encouragement for our participants.
TMHF is a charitable organization that raises funds for equipment, facilities and programs at Trenton Memorial Hospital. Since its inception in 1980, it has raised funds for various projects and needs. They inspire our community to help achieve sustainable healthcare excellence for our community. About the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board:
The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board serves approximately 12,000 students, employs over 1,400 full-time equivalent staff and covers a geographical area of more than 16,000 square kilometers.
The ALCDSB builds faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful.
Kelly Taylor, Communications Coordinator
The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board