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Regional body completes March is Easter Seals Month with an additional $7,660 raised through Paper Egg campaign.

Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) capped off its 39th annual Telethon presented by The Toldo Foundation earlier this weekend with an impressive $101,250 raised to support children and youth with physical disabilities. The Telethon aired on CTV Windsor during the afternoons of Saturday, April 3 and Saturday, April 10, 2021 through two Easter Seals’ sponsored features, Ghostbusters 2 and Disney’s Tomorrowland.

“Despite the pandemic, we are absolutely thrilled with the results of this year’s Telethon,” says Kevin Collins, President and CEO, Easter Seals Ontario. “The communities of Windsor-Essex came together once again to support children in need during extremely challenging times. We are truly grateful on behalf of the kids that will benefit.”

Funds raised will be used to help families get the mobility and accessibility equipment their children need to live with greater independence, dignity, and accessibility.

“Easter Seals families are eligible to receive up to $3,000 per year per child for mobility and accessibility equipment such as wheelchairs, stair lifts and bathroom equipment,” says Collins.

In addition to the monetary total, Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) also procured $89,800 in products, services and promotion in-kind to deliver its signature Telethon event.

“The team at the Windsor-Essex office inclusive of its volunteers is greatly appreciative of the tremendous support by its major sponsors, community partners and the public.”

Jeremy Renaud, Easter Seals’ Development Officer

Outside of the Telethon through Easter Seals’ annual Paper Egg campaign presented by CTV Windsor and AM800 CKLW, 16 distributors throughout Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton raised an additional $7,660 that will be directed to Easter Seals’ Equipment Funding Program.

“Through new Paper Egg partners, we increased our distributions by 60% in 2021 while entering into the region of Chatham-Kent,” says Renaud. “We are pleased to continue to grow our Paper Egg program during these challenging times and are grateful to our valued partners who have demonstrated their commitment to the community and kids with physical disabilities.”

In addition to the Telethon and Paper Egg totals above, Easter Seals anticipates more funds to arrive in the future. “Through our sponsors, The Game MD, Cartoon Kingdom and The Rotary Club of Amherstburg, they will be organizing supporter led events with proceeds to Easter Seals,” says Renaud. For these events that were originally planned during March is Easter Seals Month but postponed due to the recent lockdown, new dates and times will be formally communicated later this year.

“We are really excited for the future of Easter Seals in our community,” says Renaud “and are ecstatic about the road ahead to our 100th anniversary in 2022 right here at Easter Seals’ birthplace, Windsor, Ontario.”

Easter Seals Ontario is now in its 99th year of being a champion for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds within the communities of Windsor-Essex and across the province. Its roots emerged from Rotary locally who spearheaded the founding organization, The Ontario Society for Crippled Children (November 28, 1922). Programs include funding for essential mobility and accessibility equipment, fully accessible summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden, online virtual camp programming, public awareness, and information resources. Easter Seals provides its programs and services thanks to the generous support of its donors and sponsors.

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