A day of mud, sweat and cheers for 900 Niagara kids: Another sell-out year for OneFoundation’s Kids Ultimate Challenge supporting the Children’s Health Unit of the NHS

June 01, 2016

OneFoundation for Niagara Health System’s Kids Ultimate Challenge is back again this year in support of the Children’s Health Unit of the Niagara Health System.
A sell-out roster made up of 900 kids from across Niagara will participate in the Challenge on Sunday, June 5 at Burgoyne Woods Park in St. Catharines. Modelled after the popular ‘tough mudder’ events for adults, the Kids Ultimate Challenge offers a unique experience geared to children ages four to 13. The family-friendly event is packed with kid-friendly activities – the highlight of which is a non-competitive one-kilometre obstacle course filled with surprises – that not only promote healthy, active play, but also provide an opportunity for challengers to support a cause that ensures the Niagara Health System’s youngest patients have access to vital patient care equipment when needed.  Mud, sweat and cheers is the event’s slogan.  Kids helping kids is what the event is all about.
Since the inaugural event in 2013, more than $76,000 has been raised by challengers for the Children’s Health Unit, which includes 24 beds and provides a full range of pediatric services to children up to age 18. In 2015, the unit had 1,592 inpatient admissions, 608 outpatient visits and performed 775 day surgeries.
Thanks to participants’ efforts, the unit has received a Stryker Incubator Transport Stretcher, 2 specialized cribs and most recently, a VeinViewer Vision2 Vascular Imaging System that uses infrared light to locate veins, making it easier for hospital staff to start IVs and draw blood work on young patients.
“As babies and children can have small and intricate veins, starting IV’s on them can be very difficult for the doctors and nurses. At times, the IV may need to be attempted several times which causes more discomfort and stress for the child,” explains Carol Munro, NHS Clinical Manager of the Children’s Health Unit. “This piece of equipment greatly benefits the children who are patients at our hospital. Thank you to all Kids Ultimate Challenge participants and supporters for making a difference for our young patients and their families.”
Children’s Health Unit staff will be on site with a hand held version of the VeinViewer, giving participants and their families the opportunity to see first-hand how their fundraising efforts are making a difference.
In addition to the obstacle course on Sunday, guests can participate in the Kids Fun Zone with inflatables, games, crafts and face painting, a penny raffle and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Lunch tickets and Fun Zone bracelets can be purchased for a donation for non-participants who would like to join the celebration.  OneFoundation thanks all Challengers and their families, event sponsors and the 100 volunteers who will be in attendance to help ensure the fun and safety of participants.
Although registration is full, those interested in supporting the Children’s Health Unit can sponsor a challenger or make a donation directly to the unit at  Online donations will be accepted until June 30.

For more information, please contact:
Elyse Howarth, Communications Specialist, OneFoundation for Niagara Health System

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