Special Thanks To Our Proud Community Sponsors!
Help A Child Smile
An organization focused on children with cancer treated at the Children’s Hospital at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation by providing opportunities for them and their families to smile and have fun. If, for one hour, or one day, we can ‘Help A Child Smile’, our hard work along with the donations and support of family and friends in the communities we serve will have made it all worthwhile.
Help A Child Smile is a charity dedicated to bringing joy into the lives of children with cancer. HACS was founded in 1987 in honour of Kacey Lynn Rainville, whose wish to go to Canada’s Wonderland inspired family and friends to “Help a Child Smile.”
As you would imagine, life for a child with cancer is filled with pain, hospital visits, sacrifice and treatment. Now in its third decade, HACS is serving over 1100 families whose child is being or has been treated for cancer at McMaster Children’s Hospital. There is an average of 150 children in active treatment at any given time.
Each year Help A Child Smile is able to support both the child stricken with cancer and their family with many outings including trips to African Lion Safari, Blue Jays Games, Canada’s Wonderland and many other fun filled family events. And ultimately, HACS ensures that each child and their family enjoys a week at Disney World!
Camp Maple Leaf
Camp Maple Leaf is more than a summer camp. Located on a 104 acre island in the Kawarthas, it is a place rich in adventure, fun and restorative powers. Camp Maple Leaf is a registered charity with programming that promotes the development of self-confidence, self-esteem, problem solving skills, leadership and conflict resolution. Since its establishment in 1955 by the Canadian Council of War Veterans, over 30,000 underprivileged children, and children of military families, have enjoyed the transformative experience that only summer camp and Camp Maple Leaf can provide.