MHC students lead fundraising event for Medicine Hat Hospital
Medicine Hat College (MHC) sport and event marketing and management (SEMM) students are collaborating with Gamers Outreach and the Medicine Hat Health Foundation for a fundraiser this month. On Feb. 16, community members may participate in PJ’s for a Purpose, wearing their pajamas to work and school in exchange for a $5 donation to the cause.
Setting a fundraising goal of $5000, the students plan to use the proceeds to purchase a complete video gaming system for the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital's pediatric unit, including an Xbox, multiple controllers, a cart for portability and sanitization, and a small HD television for game display.
Second year SEMM student, Madison Thompson, says the contribution is intended to help improve the hospital stay for children and families as they navigate recovery. In consultation with healthcare professionals from the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, the students learned that by providing ways to occupy the minds of children in the hospital, their experience of pain may be reduced.
“We hope this gaming system will be a huge help to the mental health of the patients and families, by keeping their minds active and stimulated during their time away from school,” says Thompson. “We also hope it provides an opportunity for patients in the pediatrics unit to play together and form new friendships.”
E-sport management instructor, Kristina Hyde, adds that she is proud of her students for their initiative in the organization of this fundraiser.
“Witnessing the students’ enthusiasm and empathy in action is truly inspiring, and I commend each student for contributing to this meaningful cause,” says Hyde. “Together, we will make a difference in the lives of hospitalized children through the joy of gaming, showcasing the power of unity and compassion within our community.”
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