The ErinoakKids Foundation is calling you to join with them in supporting and celebrating the children of ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, Ontario’s largest treatment centre for children with disabilities. The Pride & Joy Campaign – a unique community campaign that will raise funds and celebrate the achievements of the 9,000+ children in the rapidly growing communities of Halton, Dufferin and Peel who turn to ErinoakKids each year for help, is now in full swing, and culminates on November 20th, Universal Children’s Day.
“ErinoakKids’ programs and services are exceptional and essential,” said Bridget Fewtrell, President and CEO. “In the 11 years I have been part of ErinoakKids, I have seen so many young people whose lives are transformed by the incredible clinical programs and services we offer here, and by the brilliant and passionate health care workers who deliver them.”
According to former ErinoakKids client and Olympic torchbearer Ryan Bennett, “The incredible therapists have done so much to give me the very best quality of life, and make sure that Cerebral Palsy doesn’t hold me back!”
“Demand for programs and services has increased by 15 per cent each year for the past decade,” said Anissa Hilborn, President of the ErinoakKids Foundation. “Despite best efforts, government funding has not been able to adequately meet the needs of these children. We depend on charitable support to meet the needs of our growing population.
“The Pride and Joy Campaign will allow us as a community to show our collective pride and joy in the children at ErinoakKids, and have fun at the same time.”
On November 20th, Universal Children’s Day, ErinoakKids is encouraging members of the community to hold a fun family activity and encourage their family and friends to sponsor them. The website is packed with event ideas, ranging from bike riding, a knit a thon, community clean up, and a hula hoop contests.
ErinoakKids is renowned for providing life-altering, leading-edge care and support for children with disabilities and their families, in accordance with evidence-based best practices. “Members of our community can take great pride in ErinoakKids,” said Anissa Hilborn.
Some programs are not funded by government, such as the life-changing Independent Living Program, which prepares young people with disabilities for the challenging transition to adulthood, employment, and everything that comes with living independently. According to Ryan Bennett, “To this day I use what I learned there: the confidence to go out into the community and the courage to try new things.”
Other examples of donor-funded programs include groundbreaking research, music therapy, drama and arts programs, physical fitness and recreational programs, and essential equipment such as hearing testing devices and fitness equipment.
“Donor-funded programs are critical,” said Bridget Fewtrell. “These are the programs that enable kids to be kids – to develop hobbies, interests and social skills, so that they lead fulfilling lives and grow to become independent and contributing members of our communities.”
“This is the first time we are turning to the ErinoakKids community for support on this scale,” said Anissa Hilborn. “Please answer our call. Please show your Pride and Joy in these children by holding an event, supporting one, or donating. Let’s light up our community with demonstrations of our support for the children at ErinoakKids on November 20th!“
ErinoakKids is the largest Children’s Treatment Centre in Ontario. Every year, ErinoakKids provides life-altering, leading-edge care and support for over 9,000 children with physical and developmental disabilities, autism, blindness/low vision, hearing impairment and speech delay. Their kids and their centres are found in Halton, Peel, and Dufferin, and Waterloo and Wellington for some of their programs. They work with families to help these kids realize their full potential and push the boundaries of possibility.