#do­minic­strong char­ity auc­tion starts at 5 p.m.

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - TIM KALI­NOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

The an­nual Face­book char­ity auc­tion #do­minic­strong in support of the Al­berta Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal will be­gin today at 5 p.m. and con­clude Sun­day at 5 p.m.

“You have to be on Face­book, that’s the most im­por­tant thing,” says #do­minic­strong co-or­di­na­tor Sean Rooney. “You then go to our page #do­minic­strong Face­book group. You ask to be added to the group and I will add you within sec­onds. Then there is a photo al­bum in there pinned to the top of the page.

“Ev­ery photo in the photo al­bum is an item up for auc­tion. The way you bid is to com­ment. When you bid on an item, you will then get on­go­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions for that item un­til the auc­tion closes on Sun­day.”

The char­ity auc­tion was started three years ago to hon­our the mem­ory of Rooney’s in­fant son Do­minic, who lost his two-year fight with leukemia in 2015. Last year the auc­tion raised $10,000 for the Al­berta Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, where Do­minic spent most of the last year of his life.

“The way I like to tell peo­ple is this is how you par­ent a child who has passed away,” says Rooney. “Any par­ent who has suf­fered a loss like this does it in dif­fer­ent ways, but this is how we have cho­sen to do it, to keep his name alive and do good things in his mem­ory; as we think he would have done.”

Rooney says he and his wife Tr­ish are grate­ful for the com­mu­nity’s on­go­ing support of their char­i­ta­ble ef­forts in the name of their son.

“This com­mu­nity never ceases to amaze me,” he says. “We were del­uged with do­na­tions our­selves as a fam­ily when we went pub­lic with Do­minic’s ill­ness. The suc­cess of this on­line auc­tion the past three years is a good re­minder of how gen­er­ous this com­mu­nity is.”

Cur­sons was ac­claimed in the 2017 spring by-elec­tion af­ter long­time trus­tee Bob Wick­ens stepped down in Jan­uary. Cur­sons lives in Red­cliff, and has worked for the past seven years as a part-time school bus driver. She has


Sean and Tr­ish Rooney with daugh­ter Sa­man­tha hold up a photo of son Do­minic at the #Do­minic­strong minigolf tournament on Sept. 10 at Hooplas Fam­ily En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

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