This year, Queen’s University student Dawn Armstrong brought trick-or-treating to children spending their Halloween at local hospitals.
The first year medical student organized fellow medical students to dress up and deliver treats and goodies at the paediatric unit at Kingston General Hospital (KGH ) and the emergency paediatric unit at Hotel Dieu Hospital.
“Sadly, these kids will not be able to experience a typical Halloween where kids get to dress up and collect goodies,” said Armstrong.”Through this event, we hope to bring them the fun and give them a experience that they will remember.”
She reports there was a great turn out in the number of students who wanted to be involved, and they will be going out in smaller groups to make sure its not too overwhelming for the kids and to spread out the excitement all day.
This is the first time for such an event at the hospitals, according to Armstrong, and she says hospital staff have been extremely receptive and helpful in organizing the day.
“Medical students are extremely caring individuals (and) we are always looking to get involved”, said Armstrong.
She hopes that running this event will give others the incentive to help out in new ways and that they are also greeted with the same help she received from the hospitals, adding: “I would like to extend a very special thank you to Christine Leininger and the whole paediatric unit at KGH for helping make this event happen.”
Dawn also hopes this will be an event that continues for many years to come.
Photo: Rawy Shaaban