Saultites volunteered their time on Sunday afternoon to answer and make phone calls, gathering pledges for Easter Seals Ontario during the local telethon held at the Civic Centre.
By 6pm a total of just over $102,000 was raised during the 6 hour Easter Seals telethon.
This telethon, which has been going on in Sault Ste. Marie for around 30 years, raises money that helps about 30 families in the Sault.
Easter Seals Ontario is an organization that provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration.
- financial assistance
- summer camps
- Special Education Advisory Committee
- parent resource information
- awareness and public education
- Incontinence Supplies Grant Program; and
- Top Up Program
Angie DiGasparro, Chair of the Easter Seals Telethon through the Downtown Rotary Club, has been involved in this telethon for years, thanks to her old boss at TD Canada Trust. Since then, she’s been on the Easter Seals board (which no longer exists in the Sault) before joining the Rotary Club.
“The kids just draw you in every year,” she told SaultOnline. “They’re happy to be around, they’re happy for all the efforts. It’s not easy for them to be who they are. They need a lot of support, and that’s what this is all about.”
Carol Bird-Thompson (and sometimes her son) volunteer during these telethons almost every year. She said it feels good to give back to the organization who helped her and her son – who has severe cerebral palsy – out so much over the years.
“My son and I feel it’s a very important organization,” she said. “I think with all the up and coming kids it’s very important that we come back and we help out.”
This year’s fundraising goal is between $80-$100,000, which SaultOnline was told is usually easy to beat.
To learn more about Easter Seals Ontario, visit their website here.