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Outstanding support for United Way’s International Day of Action

07-Jul-2016

On June 21, RQHR employees and residents took part in the United Way’s International Day of Action building literacy kits.

RQHR staff volunteering

“It is important for RQHR to give back to the community and get involved in events that improve a whole range of issues critical to family and community health,” said Karen Earnshaw, VP Integrated Services, Primary Health Care Service Line. “Achievements in reading are linked to better health outcomes.”

The kits, used to motivate and inspire kids to read over the summer, contain a book, activities and crafts, as well as Family Dinner Conversation Starter Tips from RQHR’s Population and Public Health, Health Promotion Department. Click here for the starter tips

“We thought this would be important to include because having meals together provides many benefits that go far beyond nutrition,” said Chelsea Brown, Health Education, Population and Public Health, Health Promotion. “Talking around the dinner table helps with bonding and relationship building, better self-esteem, preventing risky behaviours, increased vocabulary and better literacy.”

RQHR and United Way International Day of Action
View from International Day of Action.

More than 150 RQHR volunteers took part in the event helping to build some of the 1,656 kits in total that were built in the city, with the help of residents at Wascana Rehab and the Extended Care Therapy Team.

 

“This was a great opportunity for the therapy team and their residents to volunteer and help out with this cause, “said Ray Brady, Manager, Volunteer Services. “We had around 80 residents participate, and this would be the biggest group United Way has ever had participate.”

“There was an overwhelming response from RQHR, and we are happy to report that the kits have been delivered to our school partners and KidsFirst,” said Amanda Lanoway, Acting Director, Resource Development, United Way Regina. “These kits will help children combat summer learning loss.”

 

RQHR and United Way International Day of Action
View from International Day of Action.

Both United Way and RQHR share a vision of healthy people, families and communities.