Three teens come together to help families

January 16, 2019
Grade 12 students held a gala that raised an impressive $12,000 for RMHC Toronto.
Three teenagers
Most grade 12 students spend their time studying, applying for post-secondary education and hanging out with friends. But Country Day School grade 12 students, Heather, Stacey and Alexandra, have dedicated a lot of time to help families with seriously ill children.

Early last spring, Heather Hudson, Stacey Speranza, and Alexandra Nichols bonded over their desire to help others, which led them to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto.

“We fell in love with the idea of supporting programs and services for families going through a difficult time. We also wanted to show that helping people is rewarding,” says Heather.

Heather, Stacey and Alexandra planned a gala – Come Together So They Can Stay Together – to help raise funds and awareness about RMHC Toronto. On Nov. 16, 2018, the event welcomed 150 guests for dinner, dancing and entertainment.

Aiming to raise $4,700, they brought in an impressive $12,168.


“It was the best feeling because even though we had doubts, we surpassed our goal by working with generous sponsors and bringing our community together,” says Heather.

As members of their student council, they also advocated for a holiday drive at their school to support RMHC Toronto. The girls inspired fellow students to support the cause. All totaled, the students at the school, located in King City, Ont., donated gift cards totaling $1,000 as well as items from the RMHC Toronto Wish List.

Heather, Stacey and Alexandra say this is the proudest moment of their high school careers.

“We faced some challenges planning the gala because of our age, but this shows you are never too young to make a difference.

"We think it’s important for our generation to see there are lots of ways to get involved in the community and help others,” says Heather.

The friends are now thinking of other ways to support RMHC Toronto.

“We’ve looked into volunteering at the House, and maybe we’ll do more while we are in post-secondary. RMHC Toronto has a special place in our hearts.”

RMHC Toronto is grateful for our donors like Heather, Stacey and Alexandra. Their philanthropic spirit is inspiring.

Learn more about how to help families at RMHC Toronto.