Thank you to our Community Supporters


Thank you to our #HelpingHands for your generous donations to our “Help at Home” program. This program provides much needed tools for clients in Peterborough, Northumberland and City of Kawartha Lakes who can’t come to the Centre yet due to Covid-19 to receive their treatment in their own home.















Brian and Julie McRae know first hand the importance of a helping hand.

WILD FOR HOPE organizers Julie and Brian McRae and event sponsor Brian Fitzsimons and Kelly Pecena of Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc. donate specialized adaptive equipment for use in Five Counties Children’s Centre’s Loan Program, providing families the opportunity to trial adaptive equipment for special needs individuals without incurring financial cost.

Their son Jase was born 14 weeks premature, weighing only 813 grams. Jase was so fragile that his mother was not able to hold her new baby boy for over a month. After 119 days in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), they were finally able to bring Jase home. A few months later, came the devastating news. Due to a suspected fungal meningitis infection while in the NICU, Jase was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP), accompanied by severe hearing loss in both ears, a common result of meningitis.

Now age 6, Jase has been equipped with bi-lateral cochlear implants to assist with his hearing. His speech has been delayed due to the inability to hear for the first two years of his life. He requires 24-hour care due to the severity of his CP which is focused around his core strength and motor skills. As a result of his disability, Jase is unable to crawl, sit up, roll over, or feed himself, etc. The subsequent financial burden for both specialized equipment and care is a serious concern for their family, a concern felt by all families affected by CP.

The McRae family started the “WILD FOR HOPE” event and fundraiser with two purposes in mind. The first, to raise money for their son’s needs, both present and future, but to also assist families in similar situations who are not able to afford much of the adaptive equipment designed to assist those with Cerebral Palsy. Adaptive equipment for special needs individuals can be tremendously expensive, and most of it can only be used for a short time as children outgrow it quite quickly.

“While the majority of the proceeds from this fundraiser went directly to Jase’s Registered Disability Savings Account, we also wanted to assist other families who are not able to meet the expense of the specialized adaptive equipment.” said Brian. “We are extremely grateful to be able to include Brian Fitzsimons and Kelly Pecena from Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc. (, who is the major corporate sponsor for WILD FOR HOPE, helping make our dream a reality.”

The McRae’s donated to Five Counties Children’s Centre so the Centre could purchase the type of equipment they knew made a huge difference to them as a family and will make a positive impact on the families who come through the Centre’s doors. Five Counties is very thankful for the support they have received from the McRae’s. In the two years that Five Counties has been the beneficiaries, Wild For Hope has raised $11,160 for specialized adaptive equipment. The next Wild for Hope fundraising event takes place on March 28, 2020.

“Having this type of equipment donated to Five Counties Children’s Centre for our Loan Program allows our clients to try out and use items as they need them without a financial cost, which is incredibly valuable. The impact of having additional equipment to loan out is we can support more kids and families in more ways and continue to improve their day to day quality of life,” stated Marika Beaumont, Five Counties Program Manager.

RONA/Lowe’s 2019 Canada Heroes Campaign for Five Counties

Roberta and Brandon from the RONA store in Lindsay

Thank you to Lindsay RONA for supporting Five Counties Children’s Centre through your annual “Lowe’s Canada Heroes” 

The campaign, which ran September 1 – 30th involved an ‘at the till’ promotion as well as several events held over the month. And to top it all off, Lowe’s Canada will match 50% of all funds raised in store. 

At the end of the month, the Lowe’s Canada family will donate to organizations making a tangible difference in the communities they serve.

Thank you Fowlers Corners Lions Club for your support through “REV IT UP FOR KIDS” July 18th 2019!

July 18th the Fowlers Lion’s Club held a special Cruise Night for a special cause with all funds raised supporting Five Counties Children’s Centre & Camp Maple Leaf.

Great Food, Great Fun, Great Cause!

Thank you Cruise Night at Craft Works

Each Thursday evening from May 16 – September 12 during the summer Craft Works hosted one of the biggest happenings in town! Hundreds of classic cars arrived around 4:00 pm and fill the grounds!

Music, cars, and prizes for those showing off their vehicles including a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas EVERY WEEK – compliments of John Dewar’s Auto Source!

This event is one of the Lions’ largest fundraisers and we thank you for choosing Five Counties Children’s Centre as one of your chosen charities.

Thank you Stoney Lake Shed Market for Your Support!

The popular Church Shed Markets found a new home and a new cause this year, with the same mission to reuse treasures you no longer want or need, while sparing them from landfill.

To find out more, call Linda Hamersma at 705-652-9595.




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