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Fundraiser puts a spin on riding for charity

November 22, 2022 – Kelowna, BC – Local resident Michelle Webber put on her third Spin-A-Thon Fundraiser, taking part in all five spin classes in one day at her favourite spin studio, raising $16,850 for Easter Seals.  

“I came up with the idea back in 2020 during the height of the pandemic. When we couldn’t get together to celebrate birthdays, I decided to turn it in to something good and raise money for a cause that is so close to my heart,” says Webber. 

Raised with a sister with disabilities, Michelle knows firsthand the amazing impact that Easter Seals camps and services have, not only for a person with disabilities, but for their family as well.  

“Every year, my younger sister would look forward to her week-long trip to Easter Seals Summer Camp. This was a place and a time where she would grow exponentially in areas like independence, confidence and social intelligence, among others,” adds Webber. “She had an amazing time and loved every moment of her time away.” 

As an avid fitness and spin enthusiast, Michelle decided that she would ride all classes offered by PACE Spin Studio in one day and turn it into a fundraiser for Easter Seals. This year, the fundraiser grew in to a larger community event with her friends and community joining in. 

Among the spinners were local Virgin Radio hosts, B Mack and Karly, who were excited to break a sweat in aid of such a deserving local cause. And, TWP Fitness joined in the event, donating a day’s profits from their food and beverage bar.  

“Over 25,000 people use Easter Seals programming and services each year, and we’re dependent on fundraisers and donations from the community to keep them going,” says Webber.  

In the spirit of the season, she’s asking the community to consider a donation to Easter Seals and make this special time of year a little more merry and bright for families.  

Donations can be made at www.eastersealsbcy.ca 

100 Men Who Care Cowichan Valley Donate to Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan

(Photo: Jaap Zwaan, Lisa Beck, Matthuw Ronald-Jones)

Cowichan, B.C. (July 26, 2022): Local chapter of 100 Men Who Care, Cowichan Valley, have picked their latest local charity to support, and this week, Matthuw Ronald-Jones, who nominated Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan, presented them with a cheque in the amount of $10,210.

“Easter Seals is an organization that has been in our community since 1976 when the camp first opened to serve children, youth and adults with diverse abilities on Shawnigan Lake. Each summer they host over 200 campers in a space that is inclusive and accessible, giving individuals with diverse abilities the chance to have a unique camp experience,” Ronald-Jones explains. “We see the impact that organizations like Easter Seals have on the families in the Cowichan Valley, and I’m so thrilled we could acknowledge their great work with a donation from 100 Men Who Care.”

100 Men Who Care is a philanthropic group of local men who are interested in supporting their community by contributing to charities together as a group to increase the donation impact. It’s designed to make an immediate and positive difference.

At each of the quarterly meetings, members nominate charities, three are chosen at random, and after a brief presentation, the members vote on which charity to support. Once the winning charity is announced, everyone writes a $100 cheque to that charity.

“We would like to thank Matthuw Ronald-Jones for nominating Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan and sharing our charity’s work with his fellow club members. He has been such a wonderful supporter of our organization,” says Lisa Beck, President and CEO of Easter Seals BC/Yukon. “It was a wonderful surprise to find out that we were the chosen recipient of their latest generous contributions. These men, who come together just four times a year, make such a big difference in their community, and we are so grateful for the support and opportunities that this donation will give our campers.”

The next 100 Men Who Care’s meeting will be held on September 12 where they will pick another local charity to benefit.

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About Easter Seals BC/Yukon and BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
Easter Seals BC/Yukon is one of British Columbia’s legacy charities and is operated by the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities (Society) to help individuals with diverse abilities. Since 1947, the Society has provided programs and services to families and persons with diverse abilities that help improve their quality of life. Over 75 years, the Society has helped over 1,000,000 families in need through transportation services, child health research, Easter Seals summer camps, Easter Seals House, post-secondary bursaries at seven regional colleges or universities, community access services, and patient care programs.

Calling All Easter Seals Alumni

Calling all Easter Seals Alumni! Whether a camper, a house guest, donor, volunteer, staff or family member we want to hear your story.

If Easter Seals has made an impact in your life we want to share your story for our 75th birthday. As an organization that’s been around for 75 years we know there are so many stories out there we haven’t even heard. Our goal this year is to collect as many of these stories as we can to share with future generations of Easter Seals family.

If you have a funny story or a great memory no matter how big or small please

reach out to jfines@eastersealsbcy.ca