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PRHC Foundation Mombassadors Raise Amazing $115,504 For PRHC Babies In Need

The Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation Mombassadors, a group of local mothers inspired by their own children's experiences at PRHC, presented PRHC Foundation with a cheque for $115,504 to purchase lifesaving equipment for PRHC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

"The PRHC Foundation Mombassadors took on a huge goal in only our second year of $102,000," says the group's 2019 chair Marcy D'Alessandro. "We were motivated by the continuous stories that parents would tell us of their babies using the very equipment we were trying to replace. We constantly heard about the wonderful staff of the NICU. We know without their unwavering drive for excellence in care, the community would not be so receptive in helping us achieve our ambitious goal."

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After receiving a matching donation of $32,000 from the Liftlock Atom Hockey Tournament in the spring, the group adjusted their original target of $70,000 to be bigger and bolder.

"The partnership of the Liftlock Atom Hockey Tournament was a game-changer for our campaign this year," adds Sarah McDougall Perrin, who founded Mombassadors along with her sister Erin Marshall. "The support of these incredible community partners allowed us to dream bigger, to surpass $100,000 this year and together make a greater impact."

Over 1,600 babies are born at PRHC each year, and the Mombassadors’ 2019 fundraising target was designed to fund a new ventilator and a radiant heater/warmer for those babies who need extra support after birth. Through the group’s successful fundraising efforts, they will be able to fund both pieces of equipment for the hospital.

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Enactus Fleming College Wins People’s Choice At World Project Expo In California

Enactus Fleming College won the People’s Choice at the World Project Expo at the Enactus World Cup 2019 in San Jose, California.

The Fleming College team presented their Paper Planet Project, which focuses on diverting paper from landfill and recycling, and turning it into products that can later be sold. The Paper Planet Project is a social enterprise that is creating products that are biodegradable and inexpensive while reducing our environmental footprint.

Picture from World Project Expo courtesy Fleming College

Picture from World Project Expo courtesy Fleming College

“We are so proud of our team, who have invested time and passion into this project and it is an honour to be recognized on the world stage,” says Raymond Yip Choy, Lead Enactus faculty advisor, and professor, Business Studies at Fleming College. “This is validation that our project has value and the potential to grow and change our community.”

Enactus World Cup 2019 showcases entrepreneurial action and social innovation. Every year, a select group of 3,000 students, businesses and academic leaders from around the world gather at Enactus World Cup to showcase the entrepreneurial action and shared innovation that address the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals transforming lives and creating a better future.

To learn more about Enactus at Fleming, go here.

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Watch: Great Back To School Road Safety Tips From Peterborough Police's Traffic Sergeant

It's that time of year again, as student and school bus safety becomes paramount.

Peterborough Police want you to have a safe and happy school year ahead, and that includes being extra diligent in school safety zones.

Traffic Sergeant Ryan Wilson

Traffic Sergeant Ryan Wilson

Peterborough Police Traffic Sergeant Ryan Wilson provides great back-to-school tips for motorists with you in this video he filmed with us.

Watch it (and share) on Facebook here…

Or Twitter here…

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Family Donates Wall-Mounted Bell To Ring For Children That Finish Chemo Treatments At PRHC

Harper Friel had her last cancer treatment recently at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

To celebrate the awesome occasion, her family donated a wall-mounted bell that other patients in the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) clinic at PRHC can ring when they are finished their own chemo treatments.

Harper ringing the bell

Harper ringing the bell

The inspiring message next to the bell with a rainbow motif says:

“Ring this bell
Three times well
Its toll to clearly say
My treatments done
The course is run
And I am on my way”

Watch the full video below of Harper ringing the bell…

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Faith Dickinson Chosen One of 12 Outstanding Young People For The Diana Award’s Change_Makers

Lakefield’s Faith Dickinson has been chosen as one of 12 outstanding young people from across the world to take centre stage for The Diana Award’s Change_Makers campaign.

The campaign kicks-off the Diana Award’s 20th anniversary year to drive a new wave of nominations from across the world for an award in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Faith Dickinson (Photo courtesy Diana Award)

Faith Dickinson (Photo courtesy Diana Award)

The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. The youth charity benefits from the support of Diana, Princess of Wales’ sons, The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex—both of whom Faith met in May 2017 when she received a Legacy Award from them.

All the young people leading the campaign alongside Faith—who come from the UK, USA, Canada, India and UAE—challenge negative stereotypes young people are often labelled with.

Faith (3rd from right) is one of 12 kids from around world chosen for campaign

Faith (3rd from right) is one of 12 kids from around world chosen for campaign

Faith, 16, a Grade 11 student at Lakefield College School, received a Diana Award herself in 2017 for starting Cuddles for Cancer, a non-profit organization which provides blankets to people suffering from cancer and other illnesses.

To date, she has made more than 4,000 blankets and they have been sent across Canada, the United States, the UK, Germany, Brazil, Australia, France and countries in Africa.

Among many other accolades in recent years, Faith was also winner of a Me To We Youth In Action Award in 2015, and was the Youth Ambassador (a newly created role) on the United Way Peterborough campaign cabinet in 2017/18.

Faith with Will and Harry in 2017

Faith with Will and Harry in 2017

Faith’s involvement in the campaign follows her invitation to Windsor, UK as a group of young people from The Diana Award who attended the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last year.

Nominations for a Diana Award are now open for young people aged 9 to 25 years. The deadline is March 29th. Nominate someone here.

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The New Smilezone For Kids At PRHC Is Awesome

PRHC has opened an awesome Smilezone at their Pediatric Outpatient Clinic for kids thanks to Smilezone Foundation (which transform spaces in hospitals and health centres to make them more comforting and fun for kids), Peterborough Liftlock Atom Hockey Tournament and PRHC Foundation.

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It’s sure to put a smile on the faces of kids and their families there, and help relax them. It comes with iPad stations, sensory panels and more.

Check out more pictures below via PRHC’s Facebook page…

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Top 20 Aspiring Entrepreneurs To Participate In Camp Startup

Twenty successful applicants have been chosen to participate at Camp Startup, an adventure by FastStart Peterborough (a youth entrepreneurship training partnership that brings together Trent University, Fleming College and the Innovation Cluster).

Each participant was chosen based on their innovative business ideas required in the applications, ranging from helping the environment to increasing accessibility.

The chosen applicants (they are between the ages of 18 to 29) are: Richard Mathieu, Kasandra Gill, Abdullah Alvi, Conor Lynch, Amber Pula, Katrina Schouten, Ranvijay Singh, Sulfiya Moideen, Amitozdeep Singh, Vinny Lana, Krishma Gabba, Geoff Wolfer, Gaurav Ahuja, Erica Rankin, Reilly de Jong, Meet Nakrani, Tyson McDonald, Atam Goyal, Dylan Trepanier and Timothy Bissonnette.

Some of the aspiring entrepreneurs chosen for Camp Startup

Some of the aspiring entrepreneurs chosen for Camp Startup

The camp takes place September 14th to 16th, and the winning team will receive incredible new entrepreneurship skills and $500 toward their new business.

The Top 20 will hit the ground running on the Friday evening (September 14th), as the campers arrive at Camp Kawartha for an icebreaker. This will be followed on Saturday and Sunday by team-building exercises while implementing their own enterprise ideas.

To end the experience on Sunday, campers in their group will pitch to a panel of established judges in entrepreneurship and business. The winning team will split $500 cash to go towards entrepreneurial pursuits.

Many past participants of the experience have since went on to build businesses through both the FastStart program and the Innovation Cluster.

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Peterborough Public Library Foundation Donating $25,000 To Library For New Children's Furniture

The Peterborough Public Libary, which recently re-opened after a beautiful renovation and facelift, is receiving a $25,000 donation from its Library Foundation for the cost of the new furniture in the Children's Department.

"We conducted a fundraiser last year, from Spring through to Fall, specifically to raise money to purchase new furniture for our Library's new Children's Department," says Foundation Chair Bruce Gravel.

View from children's area

View from children's area

The Foundation exists to support the Library, and encourages bequests and donations on behalf of the Library, which go to the delivery of better facilities and services.

The Foundation typically funds special projects and services that are not covered in the Library's annual operating budget—a recent example being the January 30th donation of $250,000 towards the library's expansion expenses. In past years, the Foundation has helped with the purchase of internet stations, security gates, shelving, auditorium furniture, and kitchen equipment.

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Those wishing to donate to the Library Foundation can visit the Library's website and click on the "Donate" button. For further information on the Foundation, call 705-745-5382, ext. 2301.

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St. Patrick CES To Host Catholic Board Robotics Competition

Design, check. Coding, check. Math, check. Problem solving, check. Team work, check. Fun, check.

The annual Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board Robotics Competition at St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough will have it all as they host 16 teams from six schools on November 9th, competing in three robotics challenges from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photo from last year's competition

Photo from last year's competition

Participants will compete with Lego Mindstorms robots, which will be built before the competition, and students will be given time between competitions to upgrade robots as needed.

“This event inspires students to work together to solve problems in real time, while competing in a fun, good-spirited competition,” St. Patrick CES principal Karan Leal says. “Students design, program and code their own robots. They learn great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills and we tend to get as many girls participating as boys, which is really promising to see.”

THE MAZE CHALLENGE

This challenge is to successfully finish the maze within two minutes. A robot must be able to navigate a maze from start to finish using either its touch or ultra-sensors. The winner will be the robot that makes it the farthest or finishes the maze the fastest.

THE HOCKEY CHALLENGE

Teams will create two robots that can move or hit a ball into a net. The robots will be run by a remote control. Teams will play against opponents in a round-robin format. The team that scores the most goals in the five-minute game will win. In the event of a tie, there will be a best-of-five shootout.

THE ROBOT CHALLENGE

Robots will fight for five minutes in a small arena. Robots can have any Lego battle attack strategies such as spinners, swinging arms, or shooting balls. Points will be awarded by the referee. The team wins by having the most points at the end of the five-minute match, by disabling the other robots, and/or by pushing the other robots out of the arena.

Check out this short video of last year’s Robotics Competition for a glimpse of all the excitement...

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