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Nicholas’ Speech

Nicholas, a passionate Bloorview advocate and donor, speaks as a finalist in his school’s speech competition about why you should support Bloorview Kids Rehab.

Sometimes I forget how lucky I really am.  But I bet a lot of you do too.  But when I walk into Bloorview Kids Rehab, it hits me like a ton of bricks because I see so many kids with disabilities.

Hello honourable judges, Mr. Robinson, faculty, staff.  I am Nicholas and want to talk to you about a wonderful place called Bloorview Kids Rehab.

Most of you are fortunate and have not even heard of Bloorview because you have never needed it.  But it is a place that we should all be proud of because it helps so many children.  What it is, is a place that teaches kids to help with their disability.  Today I’m going to talk to you about the children, the place itself, and the staff and volunteers that make this such a special place.

Let’s start with the kids.  These kids are sometimes born with a disability or have been in an accident and have recently gotten out of the hospital.  Some of the children are paralyzed, some have lost an arm or a leg, or have been born with cerebral palsy.  All of them need help to live a better life.  That’s what Bloorview does.  Helps kids deal with their problems better.  It has a school for some who need it and also helps to teach them sports like swimming and basketball.

Secondly let me tell you about the place.  Though it has been around since 1899, it got torn down and just rebuilt.  It’s located in the Bayview and Eglinton area.  Bloorview helps about 7,000 kids every year.  It has a school from grade 1 to grade 8.  It has a hospital for up to 75 patients.  It has a swimming pool, gym, and a place to make wheelchairs to help the kids get around. 

The final point that I want to tell you about is the people that make the place what it is today.  They have doctors, nurses, therapists, and over 1,000 volunteers who donate their time to help the kids.  These people help the kids learn to live a better life.  And believe it or not, when you walk into Bloorview, most people look happy.  A special thanks to the volunteers that donate their time without being paid.  I think being a volunteer would be hard but inspiring and I would like to do it someday.

I’ve told you now a little bit about Bloorview and what a great place it is.  I am planning on donating $100 to Bloorview myself.  Someday I hope YOU will make a donation too.  If you do, you will be so proud of yourself and you will have helped some kids lives.

I would like to thank you all for listening to a story I feel is so important.

By: Nicholas
February 2007

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