Help for Durham Kids who are being left behind!
October 17, 2012
Today, Grandview Children’s Foundation kicked-off its Include Me fundraising campaign. The campaign will run from October 17th through December 31st and will include a number of ways community partners can support Grandview Kids. The principal motivation behind the campaign is to raise money which would shorten Grandview’s waiting list and give 250 local children a chance to access critical therapy services.
“Imagine not being able to communicate or to walk?” asks Vicky Earle, Executive Director of the Grandview Children’s Foundation. “We want to give local children the help they need and deserve.”
At today’s launch, a number of local celebrities helped kick start the campaign and encouraged support for the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. CTV Television personality Lance Brown, and both Paul Martin, Deputy Chief of Police, and Terry Johnston, a Durham area radio host who served as event emcee, applauded the campaign and encouraged people to give during the upcoming holiday season.
“As Deputy Chief of Police, I know how important Grandview’s services are to the well-being of our community,” said Deputy Chief Paul Martin. “We hope this campaign kick-off invigorates our community to get involved, and help a child in need.”
More than one thousand children with special needs and disabilities are being left behind in the Durham Region. These children are not receiving critical therapy services when they need them. This means that they are not reaching their potential. Government funding is increasingly insufficient, and it is essential that the community support the Centre in order to help make a difference for the children currently on the waitlist. The delay in receiving therapy services impacts the child’s physical, educational and general development, and also puts added stress on their families.
“The current lack of funding for Grandview’s important services puts additional strain on the other healthcare and social services, affecting the wider community,” Earle concluded. “Every year demand for critical therapy services rise, waiting lists grow and children fall further behind. Let’s help give these children a chance to have what most of us take for granted, the ability to walk and talk.”
To make a donation, support the campaign and see the kids’ inspirational stories visit www.helpourkids.ca.