Sault Ste. Marie Virtual Easter Seals Telethon ~ April 12th – 18th
While Easter Seals Month has come to an end, the Sault Ste. Marie Easter Seals Telethon is still to come!
APRIL 5TH- 10TH
APRIL 12TH – 18TH
9am/12 noon/7pm each day
Airs on Shaw Spotlight Channel 10 and Blue Curve 105
An hour-long production highlighting local stories, local supporters and virtual interview with Past Easter Seals Ambassador Hunter Vommaro !
The work of Easter Seals Ontario has only become more important during COVID-19. Since the pandemic started, many children with physical disabilities have been stuck at home due to their fragile immune systems. With limited or no access to school, social activities, therapy or other support services, they have become physically and socially isolated. As a result, the need for essential mobility and accessibility equipment for these children in their homes is more crucial than ever before., says Carolyn O’Connor, Development Officer Easter Seals Ontario
Easter Seals programs and services enable children and youth to live safely and with greater dignity in their homes, access their communities, and experience greater independence and accomplishment by providing funding to help families purchase life-changing mobility and accessibility equipment for their child.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
TUNE IN, and most importantly, make a DONATION 🙂
To donate call 705-945-1279 or visit online at www.telethonssm.ca.
Hunter and his family were introduced to Easter Seals very early on by his team of healthcare providers. Hunter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at only a few months old and relies on mobility and accessibility equipment.
“He is getting bigger, and that’s the one challenge that we had a difficult time dealing with, because a lot of his equipment and many of his things he grew out of,” explained Hunter’s father Vince during the interview. “So where do you look to, where do you turn to, when you need another stander, another wheelchair, another bath chair, his incontinence supplies? They get more expensive the older he gets. Those are the types of things that we are challenged with day in and day out.”
“The relationship with us and Easter Seals has been an amazing one,” shared Vince. “They’ve helped us out so much over the years that it’s kind of difficult to put into words. You want to have as much help as possible but at the same time you’re taken back by the agencies and the number of people willing to lend a hand, and we can’t thank Easter Seals enough for that.”
“The pandemic has impacted all of our lives. I’d like to recognize the entire Easter Seals Telethon team who have risen to the occasion and adapted to the pandemic by doing virtual interviews, socially distanced cheque presentations and mailing reminders to our community to give,” said Telethon host Tessa Vecchio.
“The Sault Ste. Marie Easter Seals telethon is the highlight of the year to so many. This year, although virtual, we have proven that the children and families we serve in our community continue to need us now more than ever before.”
“For the past several years, my job at the Telethon has been manning the switchboard – directing calls to operators so they can take the community’s generous donations,” shared Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie President Megan Wigmore.
“With no Telethon day, and no switchboard, this year looks a little different – but I’m thrilled to be able to contribute as one of this year’s hosts from home.”