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Youngsters raise more than $3,000 to support hospital project

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Bermuda’s young people have raised more than $3,000 to support the King Edward VII Memorial redevelopment project.

Schools across the Island held fundraising events for the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust’s (BHCT) Why it Matters campaign, which is seeking to raise $40 million to build the new acute care facility.

A BHCT spokeswoman announced yesterday that Berkeley Institute students raised $1,575 through a recent grub day/ fun fair.

Other schools organised denim days in order to raise funds for the project. Prospect Primary raised $696, East End Primary raised $310, Heron Bay Primary raised $244, and School House Nursery and RHM School House both raised $70.

And Southampton Preschool took part in the Why it Matters coin drive, collecting 37 boxes of coins for a total donation of $143.72. Students also wrote why the hospital matters to them as part of the project.

Combined, the students were able to raise a total of $3,408.72 for the initiative.

BHCT community development officer Laura Lyons said the group are gracious and thankful for the contributions and look forward to continuing to work with the Island’s students.

The spokeswoman said: “Plans are underway for additional participation in the upcoming school year. Youth Committee Members Russell Conyers, from Warwick Academy, and Bryanna Furtado, from Mount Saint Agnes, have set goals to engage their schools in the first term of the 2013/14 school year.

“There is still time and plenty of exciting youth fundraising ideas available for Bermuda’s youth to get involved.

“Organise a group fundraiser day at school or seek pledges for a walkathon, jump-a-thon or bake-a-thon. Pick up a coin box and make an effort to set aside money on a regular basis or sit down as a family to talk about ways to make a family gift.”

l Useful website: www.whyitmatters.bm.

Some schools hosted a Why it Matters denim day to raise funds for the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital redevelopment project. Students from School House Nursery and RHM School House, pictured, helped to raise $70. Other schools who helped out include Prospect Primary which raised $696, East End Primary ($310) and Heron Bay Primary ($244).
Southampton Preschool participated in the Why it Matters coin drive, collecting 37 boxes of coins for a total donation of $143.72 towards the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital redevelopment project. Students then wrote why the hospital matters to them as part of the project.

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Published June 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 21, 2013 at 12:28 am)

Youngsters raise more than $3,000 to support hospital project

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