Why we give: St. John’s-Ravenscourt

This year, students from St. John’s-Ravenscourt collected more than $600 in donations to support cardiac care and research at St. Boniface Hospital.

One of Manitoba’s premier academic institutions, St. John’s-Ravenscourt is dedicated to creating an environment where students thrive. As part of their education, students are invited to participate in a variety of community service and leadership activities to help prepare them for university and beyond.

Each month, the student-run community service club chooses a charity for students to donate to for “colour days.” Every “colour day,” students can opt out of wearing their formal school uniforms and wear “regular” street clothes for the day, as long as they have made a donation to the charity of choice.

In February, the community service club chose St. Boniface Hospital Foundation as the charity of choice because of St. Boniface Hospital’s excellent cardiac care and the students’ interest in cardiac research.

Mary Ellen Campbell (left) and Ningiu Weng (right) present donations from St. John’s-Ravenscourt students to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation development officer Danielle Robidoux (centre).

Ningiu Weng (above right), who heads the community service club, reached out to us with a generous donation of $666.90 in rolled coins, all raised by students at SJR. Weng’s mom is a doctor at St. Boniface Hospital – Dr. Ping Sun, Pathology – and is a source of inspiration for Weng. She plans on studying health sciences after graduating this month.

Ms. Mary Ellen Campbell (above left), the teacher who helps oversee the club’s activities, has a personal connection to the Hospital as well. Born with aortic stenosis, Campbell had a heart valve replaced and a pacemaker implanted at St. Boniface Hospital just a few years ago. Grateful for the wonderful care she received, she was thrilled when the students chose St. Boniface Hospital Foundation to be the charity of choice in February.

We are thankful to the students and staff at St. John’s-Ravenscourt for their generosity and spirit of community service!

Your support helps St. Boniface Hospital provide excellent cardiac care and pursue groundbreaking cardiac research. Support St. Boniface Hospital today.