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Gamers outreach systems provide the joy of play to patients.

Helping Kids be Kids

The ongoing support of Golfi & Friends Fundraising has enabled the Child Life team at McMaster Children's Hospital to help kids be kids through gaming.
“My husband John and I strongly believe in supporting children’s play in the hospital, which allows kids to be kids.”

COVID-19 has impacted children in so many ways. This is especially true for patients at McMaster Children’s Hospital, who have been affected by visitor restrictions and the cancellation of group activities that normally offer much-needed distraction, support and socialization.

The ongoing support of Golfi & Friends Fundraising included $25,000 that enabled the purchase of four Gamers Outreach Systems for the Child Life Team. The systems, which include a Sony PlayStation console and pre-installed games, meet infection-control protocols and can handle hospital-grade disinfecting.

“My husband John and I strongly believe in supporting children’s play in the hospital, which allows kids to be kids,” says Sabrina Melo of the Golfi & Friends Fundraising and Golfi Concrete & Drain Ltd. “We’re inspired to support the amazing work of the Child Life Team, who make such an impact on young patients’ lives.”

This is just the latest example of the Golfi & Friends Fundraising’s ongoing support of patient care at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Over the past several years, it has held golf tournaments, fashion shows, dinners, auctions and many other community fundraisers.

“It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that we can enhance the care of pediatric patients,” says Sabrina. “We’re grateful to see the positive outcome of our fundraising. Our inspiration to support McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation keeps growing stronger.”

Special thanks as well to 407 ETR, which provided funds that enabled the purchase of two additional Gamers Outreach Systems. These donor gifts will help to make patients’ stays at the Hospital that much brighter.

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