Meadow Park Chatham

(519) 351-1330 - 110 Sandys Street Chatham, Ontario

Spaghetti Dinner For Sophia:

Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario

Inspired by a local high school student enrolled at UCC The Pines (located behind the Meadow Park long-term care home in Chatham), the community came together to raise funds for a very special cause. One cause that benefits the people of Chatham-Kent with support services when they are sick or seeking treatment in London - The Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario.

The students of The Pines recently created a video tribute to their very own fellow student Sophia Vlasman who is battling Stage 4 Cancer. When the team and residents at Meadow Park saw the video they decided to hold an event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) - a place where Sophia and her family stay when she visits the treatment centre in London.

As Meadow Park opens it's doors to the students at UCC The Pines as volunteers and Co-op students they organized a spaghetti dinner, as well as, a silent auction, 50/50 draw and, with the help of Sophia's friends at the Pines, a slide show of Sophia's heroic journey so far. The evening celebrated "Hope, Strength & Courage", which has become Sophia and her family's mantra in her battle over Cancer.

From Lydia Swant (Resident & Family Services and Volunteer Coordinator), "It was great to see everyone come together to support such an important cause and to show support to a young lady in our community.  Although Sophia was not able to attend the event everyone was overflowing with prayers and well wishes for her.  A card was signed at the door, a slide show of photos could be seen, and over 50 students and teachers from the Pines high school filled the room.  It was just an awesome sight to see!"

Overall, the team, students and families were able to raise over $1,000 towards Ronald McDonald House as well as awareness about the great work RMH does for the people of Southwestern Ontario. RMH-SWO fights to keep families together when they need each other the most.  They provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving medical care in a nearby London hospital.  They are know as the ‘house that love built."


Margaret Anderson - Executive Director Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario
Shirley Mandigo - Resident of Meadow Park long-term care home
Anne-Marie Rumble - Administrator - Meadow Park
Lydia Swant - Resident & Family Services Coordinator/Coordinator of Volunteer Services

Check Presentation for RMH-SWO
Spaghetti for Sophia!
Spaghetti for Sophia!
Spaghetti for Sophia!
Spaghetti for Sophia!
Spaghetti for Sophia!
Spaghetti for Sophia!


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