Published on March 28, 2014
The unveiling of the final Hooked Rugs that were interpreted from children’s submitted drawings — Submitted photo
Published on March 28, 2014
Bradley Penton of Churchill Falls submitted his drawing, “Happy Healthy Kids.” Bradley is shown unveiling his drawing that was transformed into a piece of the Hooked Rug Collage that will be permanently displayed at Ronald McDonald House. Bradley and his mother made a special trip to St. John’s from Churchill Falls to attend the reception hosted by McInnes Cooper.— Submitted photo
The dreams of children treated at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s have been captured by a Newfoundland tradition and wrapped up in a work of art that will be on display at the Ronald McDonald House in the capital city.
The project has been three years in the making and involved drawings from 24 children in communities throughout the province, according to a news release from Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador.
In partnership with the Canadian law firm, McInnes Cooper, the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador invited children to send in a drawing of their dreams in 2011.
From the drawings, the guild created a hooked mat collage that will be hung permanently at Ronald McDonald which is a home-away-from-home for sick children and their families while children receive medical attention in St. John’s.
The tapestry was unveiled Thursday.
“Our people have been dedicated to Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador since its inception — from John O’Dea’s tireless efforts on the Gift Team, to Winnie Glavine’s amazing initiative with the rug hooking guild,” said Doug Skinner, McInnes Cooper’s lead partner for the province.
“The entire office has come together to support the cause. These young artists have stolen our hearts, and it’s been a great experience for everyone involved.”
The guild and law firm invited companies, municipalities and individuals to sponsor the hanging of the completed collage pieces, with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House.
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The project raised $25,000.
“The Rug Hooking Guild is proud to have partnered with McInnes Cooper to create this beautiful hooked tapestry to be displayed at Ronald McDonald House. We truly appreciate the efforts of everyone involved and we especially appreciate the sponsors of the pieces, allowing us to raise $25,000 for the House,” said Teresa Greene, guild president.
The news release says Ronald McDonald House has helped more than 450 families from all regions of the province.
“We thank everyone involved with this hooked rug project, from the children sharing their dreams, the Rug Hooking Guild, McInnes Cooper and those that supported the project with funds for Ronald McDonald House,” said Annette Godsell, executive director of Ronald McDonald House.
“Congratulations to Winnie Glavine and her committee. Not only will Ronald McDonald House proudly display this beautiful work of art, but it will be a forever reminder of the community coming together for our House. Ronald McDonald House is a community house, supported by the community, for the children and families of Newfoundland and Labrador.”