Rotary Donation Gives Kids Reason to Smile

Hospitals can be a place of real anxiety for children. A generous local donation will help alleviate some of that anxiety and give paediatric patients a reason to smile.

Jennifer Burton-Liang, RN and Child Life Specialist at WRH, accepted the cheque for $500 this past week from Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) for the purchase of pinwheels for paediatric patients at Met Campus.

It may sound simple, but Jennifer says the pinwheels are used frequently on the paediatric unit for several purposes.

“They can be a good distraction and coping tool to encourage slow, relaxing breathing during procedures,” she says, adding that the pinwheels also encourage a child to perform deep breathing exercises.

They also serve as a fun distraction for kids heading downstairs for surgery at Met – the pinwheels spin all by themselves during the bed ride, she notes.

Jennifer expressed special thanks to Pat Valleau, philanthropy coordinator for WRH, for her work with Rotary in securing the donation.