Donation from Hill City Kinettes » 2019-Dec-19

Therapeutic Pool Toys making a Splash at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre

Photo: Left to right, Ava-Marie Vescio, Tammy Vescio (donor of the therapeutic pool toy basket), Jessica Coley (Hill City Kinettes President), Luca Vescio, Sue Dubinsky (Event Co-chair), Steve MacDonald (Executive Director of George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation), and Mary Dubinsky (Event Co-Chair) in George Jeffrey Children’s Centres' pool area with the donation of therapeutic pool toys. 


Thunder Bay Hill City Kinettes and Tammy Vescio, the winning bidder of a basket full of therapeutic pool toys destined for George Jeffrey Children’s Centre, made a special visit to George Jeffrey on Thursday, December 12 to bring in their donation and also get a first-hand look at all the Centre has to offer for children and youth living with special needs.

The therapeutic pool toys were part of a prize basket auction at the Kinettes’ Annual Two Bit Auction which takes place each November. The auction raises money for a variety of local charities. “Our motto is ‘serving the communities greatest need’ and we were honoured to support George Jeffrey Children’s Centre this year and the wonderful work they do at the Centre” shared Sue Dubinsky, Event Co-Chair and Life Member of the Thunder Bay Hill City Kinettes.

The Kinettes worked with George Jeffrey Children’s Centre to identify items that would bring added value to the clients of George Jeffrey in their aquatic therapy. Kirsten Ng, physiotherapist at George Jeffrey shared, “The therapy pool is such a valuable tool because water is a medium that allows (many) of our clients a freedom of movement that they wouldn’t otherwise experience. These donated toys are so beneficial because they assist in making therapy fun and exciting for our clients, which in turn helps them to engage in therapy in a way that provides more long term benefits and ownership of the skills they are learning.”


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