Donation of $6,000 in Supplies to Camp Ooch

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Toronto Paramedics, a Union Local 416 and Camp Ooch Representatives standing in front of an Ambulance full of donations

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Toronto Paramedics Tom Bruce and John Flengas and Local 416 Steward Mike Street, together with Bruce’s six-year-old daughter Stephanie, a Camp Ooch alumna and cancer survivor, delivered over $6,000 worth of craft supplies and 10 make-your-own guitar kits to Camp Ooch today.

For a third year, this year in collaboration with CUPE Local 416, Toronto Paramedic Services employees have collected craft supplies to donate to Camp Ooch programs. The programs include an overnight camp in Muskoka, day camps, in-city programs at Ooch Downtown and in-hospital programs.

“We were so fortunate to be able to benefit from Camp Ooch’s in-hospital programs when Stephanie was undergoing her cancer treatment,” said Bruce. “It gave her some much needed time away from her boring parents during her stay.”

“As Paramedics, we see the impact cancer has in the community we serve and in our own CUPE Local 416 membership,” said Street. “We are thrilled to be able to make this additional donation of 10 make-your-own-guitar kits to Camp Ooch and the kids.”

The craft supplies were collected over eight weeks in collection boxes located in Toronto Paramedic Services ambulance stations. The 10 make-your-own guitars were purchased by CUPE Local 416 to meet a special request from Camp Ooch for its camper music program.

“Many of our teen campers have been learning guitar at camp for years,” said Ken Aldridge, Coordinator of Music and Specialty Programs at Camp Ooch. “These 10 guitar kits will provide our teen campers an opportunity to create their very own custom instruments and will foster their love of music for years to come.”