Inspired by the care and compassion received by a dying grandmother, the students collaborated on the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative project
Inspired by the care and compassion received by a dying grandmother, five Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School students collaborated to win a $5,000 grant for Newmarket’s Margaret Bahen Hospice.
Grade 10 students Nick Braun, Karsten Brown, Alex Kiner, Zac Aucoin and Declan Gimera created a multi-media presentation that included words, both spoken and sung, original music, video and photographs that won over the hearts of, first, their classmates and then entire school to win the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada grant.
Karsten’s grandmother, Dianne Brown, died last June at the hospice.
“We knew this was a good charity because of how they dealt with Karsten’s family,” Nick said. “And we knew they could use the money.”
The team visited the hospice as part of their required research and conducted interviews with staff and patients.
“They didn’t just write a grant, they told a story,” said an impressed Deborah Kesheshian, director of development for Margaret Bahen Hospice.“Karsten spent time here,” she said. “He knows it is a home away from home, not a place where patients are hooked up to machines.”