Bringing happiness to sick kids

Health | March 7, 2015

For children facing serious illness, their reality can be frightening. We were inspired by our customers to create a truly magical moment for some deserving children.

During National Volunteer Week, we asked our Facebook fans how they would give back in their community. We received more than 200 responses, with an overwhelming majority of people telling us they would bring happiness to sick kids.

“You should have seen the kids’ eyes light up as we revealed the surprise we had prepared for them. It filled my heart with great joy and deep gratitude. It was truly a magical moment for all of us.”

Anne Du Sault

TELUS team member

Passionate about the health and well-being of Canadian youth, our TELUS team knew this was a vision we wanted to help make a reality. A team of TELUS volunteers gathered at Phare Enfants et Familles in Montreal to offer some very special kids a magical moment. The palliative care home gives support, comfort and security to children whose lives are threatened by illness, along with their families. We set to work creating a fantasy, underwater world – complete with friendly, giant fish, shiny seashells, scuba divers and more – for the kids and their families to enjoy. Quebec singer, Ingrid Saint-Pierre, completed the dramatic transformation of the home with her inspiring and beautiful music.

The joyful reaction of the kids when they entered this magical, musical world beneath the sea was evident in the expressions of curiosity and delight on their faces. For Anne Du Sault, a TELUS team member from Montreal, this day had special meaning. “Having a handicapped sister myself, I understand the pressure this can put on the entire family.” “You should have seen the kids’ eyes light up as we revealed the surprise we had prepared for them. It filled my heart with great joy and deep gratitude. It was truly a magical moment for all of us.” Thank you, for helping us inspire hope and give the children at Phares Enfants et Familles a special day they won’t soon forget.