There’s a new initiative at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School, thanks to a grade 8 student.
Arina Punambolam noticed how hard healthcare workers continue to work during these unprecedented times, and wanted her school to show their appreciation.
“I thought about the early days of the pandemic when there were no vaccines or treatments, and the risk to all the nurses, doctors, and every other healthcare worker,” says Punambolam.
The 14-year-old started the “Heart to Heart” charity and raised money to purchase new defibrillators for Windsor Regional Hospital.
“I was pleased with her mature understanding of the effects that the pandemic has had on everyone and her desire to turn a negative situation into an opportunity to help others,” says Sandy Colautti, the school’s Vice Principal.
The life-saving machine monitors someone’s heart rate after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, and deliver an electric shock to revive the heart.
Students were asked to commit to one random act of kindness every day for the duration of the initiative, which took place during the Lenten season. Students also collected pledges from family and friends.
In total, students raised over $7,600.