Every year on Family Day my family and I have always made a point to spend the day together, since we all have such hectic schedules we literally have to schedule time together. This year for Family Day we decided to not only bond as a family but also do some good for other families at the same time. I am a huge advocate for fundraising and helping out those who need it most, so we chose to participate in a fundraising event as a family.
We decided to participate in the Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids event because the money raised is given to children in Ontario with physical disabilities. The uniqueness of the event promotes the idea of kids helping kids and offers great incentives to participants. Easter Seals is a charitable organization in Ontario that provides programs and services for youth with physical disabilities to help them achieve independence, accessibility and integration with society. They provide financial assistance with mobility equipment, and offer a variety of scholarships; there is a big focus on creating public awareness and education of others.
Each registrant had to raise a minimum of $150 to participate in the event, many registrants succeeded in surpassing the minimum amount. Registrants were able to choose from three different time slots to skate amongst current Toronto Maple Leaf players and alumni for 45 minutes at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
What was extremely encouraging was learning that young Casey MacKay, who is not only a participant in the event but has needed funding from Easter Seals, raised $13,000 to honour his participation in the Easter Seals Skate. Casey MacKay was recognized for his efforts as being the top fundraiser for the event this year and honoured for raising over $70,000 for Easter Seals in total over the 13 years.
The generous support of Torontonians was felt through out the day and I was deeply moved by all the children who participated in the event it was beautiful seeing how excited everyone was knowing that they were helping children with physical disabilities succeed. Volunteers skated on the ice with children who rely on Easter Seals for financial and social support, however in no way was the event despondent, it was encouraging and most definitely inspiring. I look forward to being able to participate in another event for Easter Seals.
To get involved with the Easter Seals you can donate directly online here. Learn all about other ways to you can donate you time by participating in their upcoming events within Easter Seal’s Ontario and Quebec programs.