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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bravery Bowls Arrive at Sick Kids in Toronto

Regional | by Craig Power  

It's all part of the very special project undertaken in Port Elgin by the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild

Handcrafted Bravery Bowls sent to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto to aid children in Bravery Beads Program. (Photo © 2017 Craig Power) 
Last month, we told you about a very special project being undertaken by members of the Grey-Bruce Wood turners Guild.
The Guild has been hard at work creating beautiful, hand-made wooden bowls for the Bravery Beads Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Well, 25 of those custom wooden bowls have arrived at their destination.
Women's Auxiliary Volunteer, Judy Hurrell, works with the Bravery Beads Program at the hospital and has been a part of the auxiliary for many years.
She tells 98 The Beach they're just in the process of trying to decide who (which child/children) will receive a bravery bowl - a very tough decision to make.
"We have to be careful as well because if one child gets it and another child sees it, it could be a little uncomfortable," says Hurrell.
Hurrell says they also have Sick Kids Ambassadors, children who have been going through treatments for years whether it be cancer, transplant or other treatments, who are now better and come back to the hospital to talk to sick children and help guide them and lift their spirits.
"They'll sit with other sick children and adults, and share what they've been through, so we feel that they would be good recipients of the bowls as well," adds Hurrell.
Three members of the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild (Carl Durance, Ray Fenton and Garry Maguire) drove from Port Elgin to Toronto to deliver the bowls to the hospital approximately 2 weeks ago.
Hurrell says they are more than pleased with the heart and soul put into the bowls by the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild.
"We met those three men and they were absolutely amazing and we can't believe the work that they've done for these kids, it's going to make a difference," notes Hurrell.
The Bravery Beads Program has been going now for 15 years and has been very successful at lifting the spirits of children going through difficult procedures and treatments.
At the end of the day, it's about helping these precious little lives and that's what really matters.
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