A cycle of kindness
Summerside boy who spent week at IWK raffling off bike to raise funds for hospital
Ever since Patrick Gaudet spent a week at the IWK, he has realized the importance of giving back.
Last September, Patrick was airlifted to the Halifax hospital after falling off his friend’s trampoline, which caused severe internal injuries. Almost a year later, the nine-year-old is fundraising for the hospital by raffling off the bike he won at Parkside Elementary School’s bike rodeo. It was his dad’s idea to raffle off the bike, but Patrick was all for it from the beginning.
“I was at the IWK for a week, and I really want them to have more money.”
Patrick said he was in a lot of pain from the fall, but enjoyed the trip over to the hospital.
“When we were in the airplane, my mom was there because we could only bring one person. We had earphones to talk to each other, and that was really cool.”
Even though being on bed rest wasn’t fun, he loved using the laptop and playing the videogames he was provided with. He wants that for every child at the IWK.
“There are lots of kids there, and they do have equipment, but probably not every room has video games.”
he couldn’t do physical activity for six weeks. Luckily that ended just in time for hockey season.
Patrick is excited for the hospital to receive the money, and hopes his fundraising efforts will be an inspiration to others.
“Maybe this will make other people do it, too.”
His mother, Crystal, said since his accident, Patrick has become aware of stores that take donations for the IWK.
“When we’re at the grocery store, he says, ‘Mom, did you give money?’ He has empathy.”
Raffle tickets are $3 or two for $5. They’re available at Stretch Fitness or calling the Gaudet’s home at 902-888-3365.
The draw for the BMX Supercycle Camo bicycle will be on Friday, July 10.
It was the family’s first experience with the IWK. Crystal said this is a great life lesson for Patrick.
“People say they can’t believe he’s doing this at nine-years-old. We’re very proud of him.”
Nine-year-old Patrick Gaudet spent a week at the IWK last year, and wants to give back by raffling off the bike he won. The draw will take place July 10, and all proceeds will go to the hospital.