The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie launches virtual Catch The Ace this week
This isn’t the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie’s first pandemic. Local Rotarians have been making a difference in our community since the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. But this time, they have the internet.
Rotary’s online Catch The Ace Draw begins this week, and will continue until one lucky winner finds the Ace of Spades. Ticket sales, the card selection process, drawing of the winner, and live jackpot updates will all take place on www.CatchTheAceSSM.ca. The first eight weeks of draws have a guaranteed $1,000 pay-out.
“As an organization that is very dependent on fundraising events, the pandemic has been difficult for our Rotary Club. Many of the events we would normally hold throughout the year – including Rotaryfest, our annual golf tournament, the Battle of the Sections, the Bell Celebrity Skate, the Easter Seals Telethon, Snowarama, and more – had to be modified or cancelled this year,” explained Rotary Club President Megan Wigmore. “That has resulted in our club not raising the dollars we usually commit to supporting causes across our community.”
One of those causes is the club’s commitment to children with physical disabilities through their close relationship with Easter Seals Ontario and THRIVE Child Development Centre. The McInnis family accesses both services for their nine-year-old daughter Kendra, who has Dystonic Cerebral Palsy.
“We just ordered growth adjustment parts for her wheelchair, and we had to pay over $1,200 which is only 25% of the cost,” shared Kendra’s parents, Brad and Sherry. “That cost is not for the whole wheelchair, but just for some new parts due to growth like a new backrest, seat, and poles to make the footrest lengthen, etc. Thankfully the government helps where they can by paying 75% for some equipment, but not every family can make up the remaining amount. Brad’s benefits should offset some of that cost as well for us. Kendra just turned nine, so there is no telling when her next growth spurt will be. This is just one example of the costs that come up.”
Prior to having Kendra, her parents “did not know anything about the costs of raising a child with physical needs. The different pieces of equipment and the ongoing costs accumulate quickly and are sometimes unforeseen and can be overwhelming,”
“We, Brad and Sherry, are forever grateful for all of the support we have ever received and will potentially receive in the future by Easter Seals and the other programs that have and will continue to assist with meeting the needs of our daughter Kendra! Being able to provide Kendra with all the necessary equipment she needs enables her to thrive and reach her full potential! We are always appreciative and thankful!”
President Wigmore has been impressed with how the club has adapted through the pandemic: “Like many, this pandemic has challenged us to reevaluate things – and one thing remains clear: our Rotarians are committed to making their community, and the world, a better place for all. Your support is the reason for our success – on behalf of every disabled child that gets a new mobility device, or reaches a new milestone in their development thanks to the right therapy, we say THANK YOU!”