St. Thomas Elgin Interact Club Supports OUR Hospital

St. Thomas, ON – The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation celebrates young philanthropy at its best with a thoughtful donation of $1,000 from the St. Thomas Elgin Interact Club to support the purchase of a TV for the Emergency Department.

The Foundation was pleased to host the Interactors for a tour of the Emergency Department, to show them how important the services are and to thank them for supporting the Hospital.

The club members, known as the Interactors, raised the money through car washes held at Mobil One/Mister Transmission. The young philanthropists supported this purchase because they thought it was a very worthwhile cause, since everyone uses the Hospital at some point in their lives.

The Interactors receive community hours for the volunteer work that they do in the community, they raise money through painting windows at Christmas. They donate teddy bears to the Women’s Shelter, and support Animal Aide, They collect canned goods at Halloween and donate them to the Caring Cupboard. The Interactors also purchase clothes and food to donate it to Inn Out of the Cold.

As active community members, they attend the Home and Garden Show, raise money for the Children’s Hospital and the Women’s Shelter. They have helped the Women’s Shelter with their butterfly release fundraiser and have volunteered for the Railway City Road Races. This fall the club is planning a “rake and run,” where they will go to local homes to rake owner’s lawns and leave a note as to what they did.

“We are so fortunate to have such incredible young people in our community who are so philanthropically and community minded. Their work to support all of these important organizations, including OUR Hospital, will help make our community a better place.” Explains Paul Jenkins, Executive Director. “These Interactors are the leaders of tomorrow and they are certainly setting a precedent for young philanthropy. We are very grateful for their support.”

The STEGH Foundation continues to work closely with philanthropic minded community members to raise more than $500,000 annually to purchase patient care equipment. Help us transform our healthcare through a gift of support to OUR Hospital.


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The St. Thomas Elgin Interact Club are youth Rotary, also known as Interactors. The group is for for ages 12 to 18. The Interactors meet every other Sunday at 7:00 p.m. for an hour, at St. Hilda’s/St. Luke’s Church. Anyone interested in getting involved can get start by emailing Trudy Kanellis at tkanellis@rogers.com, or call 519.280.6091, or look them up on Facebook.

Since 1985, the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation has collaborated with the community to support OUR Hospital in the delivery of an excellent patient care experience. Through the generosity of OUR donors, we invest in the professional development of frontline staff, advanced medical equipment, and the physical infrastructure of our award-winning Hospital. Visit ItsOURHospital.ca and like us on Facebook to learn more.

The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is a 157-bed facility providing comprehensive 24-hour coverage in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Anaesthesia, Emergency, Mental Health and Family Medicine. More than 880 professionals work at STEGH, with nearly 200 credentialed professional staff who provide in-hospital care ensuring that we provide the highest quality of care to each and every patient who walk through our doors. As a fully accredited Hospital, we are proud to serve the City of St. Thomas and all seven municipalities within the County of Elgin. Visit STEGH.on.ca to learn more.

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Phone |       519.631.2030 x. 2247
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