Fruit and field trips

May 23, 2019
Morel Family Foundation brings joy to families at RMHC Toronto.
Bowl of fruit
There’s something about the sight and smell of a big bowl of fresh fruit that can really lift the spirits.

Thanks to the Morel Family Foundation, families at RMHC Toronto have been enjoying this wonderful treat – delivered to our House and Family Room at SickKids – every week for a year.

“Fresh fruit makes families feel like they are home and helps ensure they maintain a healthy diet while spending long days at the hospital,” says Candice Gurwitz, Director, Family Services and Programs.

When asked about the donation, one grateful dad recently said, “To many this may just be an apple, but to me, it is a symbol of the kindness, compassion and warmth”.

Bringing joy to children and families is the mandate of the Morel Family Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 2015 by brothers Kelly and Cory Morel in memory of their parents, who instilled the values of giving back and helping others.

The brothers first got involved with RMHC Toronto in 2016 by serving Home for Dinners and expanded their support to the weekly delivery of fresh fruit last year. Recently, they also committed to funding student field trips for the upcoming school year at the RMHC Toronto School.

Left: Cory and his wife, Melynda. Right: Kelly and his wife, Melanie. 

“Our Foundation aim to makes a direct impact on children experiencing challenges in any sense,” says Kelly. “Our goal is to give them meaningful experiences, big or small, that will enhance their lives and brighten their day.”

“When my brother and I were talking about the field trips, we had big smiles on our faces. It’s tough for kids to leave their hometown schools, so helping them experience fun trips like they would at home is important to us,” adds Cory.

Thanks to funding from the Foundation, beginning this fall, students will attend a concert at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, have an immersive learning experience at Medieval Times and see a musical at the Princess of Wales Theatre. The field trips are tied to arts and social sciences curriculum and will reinforce the lessons learned in the classroom.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” ~ Benjamin Franklin