Across Ontario, the month of October was Child Abuse Prevention Month. One of the most physical pieces to represent this campaign is the Purple Ribbon. Purple is the signature colour of Child Abuse Prevention. Throughout October, Quinte Children’s Foundation and Highland Shores Children’s Aid had numerous events and activities raising awareness around this critical issue.
The mission of our “Go Purple!” campaign is to make a difference in the lives of children within our surrounding communities. We want to thank all of you who participated throughout the month of October. Each and every one of you have had a hand in breaking down the stigma that surrounds Child Neglect and Abuse.
On March 1st, 2014, Quinte Children’s Foundation will celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Guardian Angel Gala, by honouring a local business man who gives so generously to the children in our community.
Gala Chair, Aleesha Camp says, “Whenever you talk about fundraising and community supporters in the Quinte Area you will hear the name Peter Smith. He is a generous donor to so many causes, and especially childrens’ causes, through his many years of work with the Quinte Children’s Foundation. We are so pleased to have him as this year’s Guardian Angel.”
“When Peter Smith moved to our community in 2004 and opened GM dealership, right away he became involved. He joined Belleville Rotary Club, became a Board member with Quinte Children’s Foundation and has supported numerous organizations but are not limited to: Belleville Minor Hockey, Belleville Bearcats, Belleville Bulls, Ball Hockey, Canadian Cancer Society, United Way of Quinte, YMCA, Hospice Quinte, Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation and Belleville General Hospital Foundation. Peter not only contributes financially but you can often see him volunteering his time and experience on Boards, attending events and he is always willing to help people in our community, especially our children and youth”, says Connie Reid, Executive Director with Quinte Children’s Foundation.
Quinte Children’s Board Chair, Patricia Guernsey says, “We are very proud to have Peter this year as our Guardian Angel and so lucky to have him choose our Community to be part of, we are better and stronger because of him”.
Mark it in your calendars: “Carnaval Noir” Guardian Angel Gala will be held on Saturday March 1, 2014 at Sears Atrium. Stay tuned for more information to follow regarding ticket details soon!
Listen to Peter Smith’s interview with CJBQ 800am’s Lorne Brooker:
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 more than 300 people were served a hot breakfast by Belleville Bull players at the Sears Atrium. The event was a huge success raising over $5,000 for Quinte Children’s Foundation. All the proceeds raised go directly towards helping children and youth register for their favourite activity through our Playing For Keeps Program.
Even more important than the funds raised were all the smiles on the Children’s faces as they had a chance to spend time with their idols, have pictures taken with their favourite players and get autographs. Their happiness really made the event special for all involved.
It was a fantastic day! Breakfast with the Bulls is one of our events where the fans get to come out and interact with the players. It is nice to have that fun community connection while fundraising for such an important cause.
Our warmest gratitude to all the amazing sponsors for this event: Sears Belleville Associates, Ian Stock, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Belleville Bakery, Bulk Barn, Tyia Brown, The Chicken Coop, Nick Reed with Dominion Lending Centres, Dewe’s Independent Grocer and Mix 97.1.
As always, Jack Miller, Quinte Broadcasting did a fantastic job emceeing the event.
We would also like to thank the Belleville Bulls players, staff and our amazing volunteers for all your support. It wouldn’t have been possible without you.
Event photos are posted on our QCF facebook page. Photo credits to Belleville Bulls photographer, Mr. Don Car.