The Marathon Sick Children's Fund was established in 1989 to assist families in Marathon and district with travel costs associated with obtaining medical care for their sick children.
The Marathon Sick Children's Fund, established by a group of caring citizens in 1989, has again provided significant assistance in the past year to families of sick children to help in offsetting medical travel costs:
In order to raise this significant amount, the residents, business community, and organizations of Marathon and District have shown over and over again their caring and generous nature. On behalf of all of the families that have benefited from this generosity, thank you!
We want to especially thank the Marathon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police for once again running their annual Sick Children's Golf Tournament, from which another significant donation of $6,500 was received! The O.P.P. has raised over $105,000 from this event over the past 20+ years, for which we are extremely grateful!
As well, we express our sincere gratitude to our many other sustaining individual and corporate donors, including the staff groups of several businesses and organizations, for their continuing generosity. We also gratefully acknowledge the in-memoriam donations that several families have designated in the past few years. This thoughtfulness in such a difficult time is certainly valued.
As noted from the statistics above, amount of funding to families exceeded donations by over $20,000 last year. While total funds on hand at the present time are $28,200, this amount would not be enough to handle another record such as last year. Already in 2016, we have made assistance payments of $11,800!
We have therefore made the decision to do another ‘one night fundraising blitz’ of the community to replenish our coffers. The Sick Kids Fund has only done this on two previous occasions in its 27 years of existence…the first in 1989 on its inception, with another in 2000, both being very successful. This will require many volunteers to assist with calling on every residence in town in one evening…Wednesday, May 25th, 2016. We will also be looking to the business sector for assistance. Please watch for further announcements in the media!
Once again, we remind the public that our mandate is to assist with travel costs to secure medical treatment for the families of sick children in Marathon and District who are experiencing financial hardship.
Applications and information are available on our web site: marathonsickkids.org. Once again, thanks to Joseph Newing for his volunteer time on this site and the donation of the web hosting! Anyone wishing to make donations to the fund can mail them to Box 375, Marathon; charitable donation receipts for income tax purposes will be provided.
If you would like to volunteer help us canvas a neighbourhood for donations in the Marathon area please send us a message using the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.