- March 31, 2016
- Posted by: Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation
- Category: Media Releases
In 2011, Christian Mastroianni’s younger brother, Luca, required critical emergency care at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA). So, when his school’s (St. Vincent Catholic School in Chatham) annual Kingdom Project was assigned, Christian decided that it would be a great opportunity to give back to the hospital that provided such great care for his younger brother.
Through St. Vincent Catholic School’s Kingdom Project, Grade 8 students are given $25 each to create a business venture, using the $25 as part of the start-up. At the end of the project, the proceeds from the students’ ventures are donated to charities of their choice.
For his project, Christian decided to sell fruit trays for $25 each. The fruit trays were handmade by Christian and his family and featured unique designs, including animal-shapes! The cost of the fruit was offset by gift cards generously donated by Food Basics and the Real Canadian Superstore to Christian to support his efforts.
After three weeks, Christian sold 21 fruit trays and collected additional donations along the way to raise an outstanding $543, which was generously matched by his parents, John and Ruth Mastroianni, bringing Christian’s overall fundraising total to $1,086 which he donated to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s $6.9 million CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign.
“On behalf of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, thank you Christian, and the Mastroianni Family, for this very generous donation to the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign,” says Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “Your efforts to give back in honour of the care your brother received at CKHA are outstanding and will have a positive impact on local healthcare.”
Including Christian’s generous donation, more than $3.7 million has been raised to date for the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign.
Pictured: Janice Elcombe, Coordinator – Donor Relations, Marketing & Communications, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, and Luca Mastroianni.