July 25, 2018
Lindsay Petch and Maggie Edwards needed RMHC after the birth of their children. Now, the sisters use their love of baseball as a way to give back.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) was there for sisters Lindsay Petch and Maggie Edwards during a difficult time in each of their lives.
Now, they are giving back to RMHC with an annual charity baseball tournament.
Maggie’s family, from Georgetown, Ont., stayed in RMHC Toronto in January 2016 when her five-and-a-half-month-old son, Oliver, had open heart surgery.
“Staying at the House was such a big help to my family, and it was great to meet so many other families too,” says Maggie.
Maggie Edwards with her husband and son, Oliver.
In February 2017, Lindsay’s family, from nearby Acton, stayed at Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton and used the Family Room at Credit Valley Hospital when her daughter, Sadie, was born 10 weeks premature.
“My husband and I love baseball, and we’ve hosted other baseball charity tournaments in the past, so we knew this was the best way for us to give back,” says Lindsay. 250 people attended this year’s event on June 15 and 18. The money was raised through the registration fee and donations.
Lindsay Petch with her husband and daughter, Sadie.
The sisters used the RMHC Make Fun Matter online fundraising platform to simplify their fundraising.
Learn how to Make Fun Matter by visiting makefunmatter.ca.
“Being able to accept online donations from people who couldn’t make it to the tournament was a huge help because they could still donate towards the cause. It was awesome,” says Maggie.
Lindsay and Maggie also liked that they could promote their Make Fun Matter fundraising page on Facebook. “This was a great launching point to promote the tournament with our family and friends,” says Lindsay.
The family plans to continue using Make Fun Matter for their charity ball tournament. “It’s an awesome platform. Next year we will start using it earlier to give people more time and hopefully raise even more money,” says Maggie.
Summer is a perfect time to make fun matter to others. Get great ideas and learn how you can start an online fundraiser for RMHC Toronto at makefunmatter.ca.