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Toronto, June 20 (Canadian-Media): Over $6,000 worth of craft supplies and 10 make-your-own guitar kits were donated to Camp Ooch on June 19 by Toronto paramedics Tom Bruce and John Flengas and CUPE Local 416 Steward Mike Street together with Bruce's six-year-old daughter, media reports said.
Stephanie is a cancer survivor and an alumna of Camp Ooch -- a volunteer-based and privately funded organization -- that provides child cancer patients with unique opportunities for growth through fun, enriching and magical experiences.
For a consecutive third year and in collaboration with CUPE Local 416, Toronto Paramedic Services employees have collected craft supplies to donate to Camp Ooch programs.
The programs include an overnight camp in Muskoka, day camps, in-city programs at Ooch Downtown and in-hospital programs.
Bruce said that during his daughter’s stay in the hospital, he had learnt a lot about the Camp Ooch's in-hospital programs
"As Paramedics, we see the impact cancer has in the community we serve and in our own CUPE Local 416 membership," said Street. "We are thrilled to be able to make this additional donation of 10 make-your-own-guitar kits to Camp Ooch and the kids," CBCNews reports said.
Over a period of eight weeks, the craft supplies were collected in collection boxes located in Toronto Paramedic Services ambulance stations.
CUPE Local 416 had purchased the 10 make-your-own guitars to meet a special request from Camp Ooch for its camper music program.
"Many of our teen campers have been learning guitar at camp for years," said Ken Aldridge, Coordinator of Music and Specialty Programs at Camp Ooch. "These 10 guitar kits will provide our teen campers an opportunity to create their very own custom instruments and will foster their love of music for years to come."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)