Kids at Winnipeg's Children's Hospital received a special visit Wednesday afternoon as First responders rappelled down the building in superhero outfits.

It was all part of the second annual Suspended Superhero fundraising event, which brings joy to children inside.

“Being in hospital always presents challenges for kids, but during fun holidays it can be even more difficult,” says Stefano Grande, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “We’re so grateful for community partners like all of today’s superheroes for finding fun and creative ways to bring joy to children, their families, and the health care heroes who look after them.”

Participants include: members of Voyageur Technical; members of the Canadian Armed Forces from the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron and Canadian; Special Operations Regiment; the RCMP Emergency Response Team; the Winnipeg Police Service Tactical Support Team; and special Suspended Superheroes in training who are fundraising for kids in hospital. 

"After having the opportunity to experience this event first hand last year and seeing the beaming faces of the children, there was zero chance that we were going to miss out this year,” says Constable Jeff Driedger of the Winnipeg Police Service Tactical Support Team. 

Health care specialists know how important making meaningful memories are for the kids and their parents.

“What a wonderful way to have fun and fundraise for important Child Life programming,” says Jenny Kidder, Manager of Child Life, Spiritual Health Services and Volunteer Services. “We know making meaningful memories is an important part of a child’s well-being and recovery in hospital."