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Support local children through the Christmas Angel Campaign!

The Angel Tree program launched their annual Christmas Angel Campaign, which aims to meet the needs of over 300 local children who otherwise may not experience the joy of Christmas.  For over 30 years, the Angel Campaign has been working in partnership with local Food Banks, Salvation Army and other organizations to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families.

Many families in need have signed up for the Campaign this year and you can drop by the Angel Campaign office to pick an angel off the tree if you would like to support a child this Christmas. Each angel tells you a little about a child; including their age and favourite things in order to help you choose a gift you think would make the child’s Christmas a merrier one.

In addition to gifts for the children, the family also receives a Christmas food hamper so non-perishable food donations are very welcome. The generous residents of Harmony House have turned in their shopping for four angels, along with lots of groceries.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organization, last year’s Christmas Angel Campaign was able to raise over $20,000 which helped to create a happier holiday season for 365 local children within 164 families.

Long-time organizer of the Christmas Angel Campaign, Susan Rose, expressed her appreciation to the many members of the community who have continued to support the Campaign for the past several years. “On behalf of the children and families who benefitted from the assistance provided by our community, I thank all of you for helping to make this a better, brighter Christmas for those in need.”

The Angel Campaign also provides talented local youth opportunities to perform and be heard. Last week, local performers sang and played music at the seventh annual Kids Helping Kids concert and raised $850 for the Angel Campaign.

There are still a number of angels on the tree who have not been chosen for assistance and all donations will go a long way to making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of children and youth throughout our local communities.

Visit the Angel Campaign office at the Benson Hall in Picton from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday or call 613-848-7187 for details on how you can help.

Rotary Loves Kids!!!!

On Wednesday November 26th, 2014 Rotarians Kelly McKinney, Co-Chair of the Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament and Len Kennedy, President of Rotary Club of Belleville, presented the Quinte Children’s Foundation with a cheque for $11,500 for the QCF Reach for Success bursary program at the Highland Shores Children’s Aid Board meeting.  Commenting on the donation, President Len Kennedy remarked, “Our members are proud to contribute to the Reach for Success Bursary Program.  To-date over $100,000 from our Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament has been donated to help youth continue their post-secondary education.”

“On Friday July 18th, the amazing support of golfers and the people who attended Party in the Square helped Rotary Club of Belleville to raise a recording breaking $115,000.  These funds will go to numerous programs to helps kids, such as Reach for Success bursary awards.  We are ecstatic with the results and this would not be possible without the amazing support of our sponsors”, said Kelly McKinney, Co-Chair Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament.

QCF’s Board Chair, Ken Schmidt said, “This past May, we gave out 70 bursaries to help youth continue their post-secondary education.  Through amazing partnerships, like the Rotary Loves Kids golf tournament and donations from the community, we are able to help youth in care reach their goals”.

Kayla LeMottee, currently studying at Loyalist College and a Reach for Success bursary recipient attended the cheque presentation to mark this milestone event.  Kayla thanked Rotarians for their continued support over the past 12 years and for contributing over $100,000 so that youth, just like her, would be able to continue their education!

Mark Kartusch, Executive Director with Highland Shores Children’s Aid thanked all Rotarians and the many individuals who helped to make the golf tournament another successful one this year. “All youth deserve the opportunity to expand their horizons through education. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Belleville and this wonderful community event, the lives of many young people have been changed”, he commented.

Go Purple for Child Abuse Prevention

Today is the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month! Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society and  Quinte Children’s Foundation are spreading the message that it takes a community to protect children from abuse and neglect by asking everyone to “go purple” in October.  Not only is this a local awareness piece; Child Abuse prevention month is taking place across the entire Eastern Ontario region!

Purple is the colour of the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign. Support thousands of children and youth who are exposed to violence and abuse in different forms and environments by wearing purple throughout the month of October and spreading the word.

Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society, Quinte Children’s Foundation and community partners will be hosting “Go Purple” events during the month of October.  On Sunday October 5th at 4:05 pm, we will kick off our series of Go Purple hockey games at the Belleville Bulls game!!!! You won’t want to miss this match. Come out and cheer the Bulls and wear your purple!!!

The Highland Shores CAPM campaign now has an official video thanks to the efforts of Jennifer Bishop’s daughter Jolene, Charlene Berger-Marykuca’s daughter Michayla and some of their friends. We invite you to pass along the link to the video to friends, family, colleagues and community partners as we spread the word about preventing child abuse or neglect.

Click here to watch the video

Don’t forget to share your purple photos on Quinte Children’s Foundation’s facebook page.

Break the silence, use your voice and join us in keeping kids safe!

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