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The Caboto Centre was crawling with superheroes like Spiderman and Wonder Woman on Sunday — and that's just the ones in costume.
Melanie Beaudin, president and founder of The Frosting Foundation, along with all of her assistants and volunteers, were among those at the Superhero Brunch on Sunday at the Caboto Centre at 1055 Wilkes Ave.
In its first year, the non-profit organization will use the profits from the fundraising brunch — the fundraising goal was $2,000 — to fill birthday boxes, which are kits delivered at no charge to children who are in hospital on the day of their birthdays.
About 200 people, mostly children and their parents, ate brunch together and then were able to participate in 15 activity stations with a superhero theme.
"It would be hard to be in the hospital for your birthday," said Gavin Beaudin, 10, Melanie's son who volunteered with setting up the activity stations for the event and participated in the activity stations.
"A birthday box can make a kid's day a good day when he's in the hospital and he has to celebrate celebrate his birthday away from his family and friends," said Gavin, who was wearing a Batman shirt. "I've seen pictures of kids getting them and they look really happy."
Melanie founded the organization in Winnipeg last January and said it now has partnered with 13 hospitals across Canada, with its flagship as the Children's Hospital in Winnipeg. It has delivered 137 birthday boxes since September.
"When there is a child who is in the hospital on their birthday, the child life specialist on their unit would connect them with a birthday box," Melanie said. "The boxes have all the supplies in them to have a little birthday party in your room."
The boxes, available in 30 themes, contain a birthday banner, sign, a battery-operated tea light (no candles allowed in hospitals), tablecloth, cups, napkins, paper plates and paper straws and an age-appropriate activity or comfort item such as a colouring book or cosy socks. Hospitals keep boxes on hand.
"There's a birthday card in there because the family might not have a chance to even grab a birthday card and if the family does have a card, then sometimes it's nice for the staff to be able to sign a card for the children," Melanie said.
Melanie said she was motivated to start The Frosting Foundation by the idea of "bringing smiles to children and families in hospital, on a day that otherwise might be very difficult."
Sunday's fundraising event included a superheroes' training academy with 15 different stations, a bouncer as a flight training centre, a Paw Patrol obstacle course where kids could save Chase, Paw Patrol's star German shepherd dog, face-painting, hand printing by Crock a Doodle pottery studio, and games like crack-the-code and find your superhero name, among others.
"Superheroes are all about helping people and that's what we're doing here," said Captain America, who would only give his name as Steve Rogers when asked what his name was when he was not Captain America from Happily Ever After Parties. Steve Rogers is the name of Captain America in the comic books and films.