Hi! I am doing a fundraising contest where I am taking any size donation (none too big or small) and in return, your name will be entered into a raffle. I will draw two raffle winners, and the prize is a custom order of any item I make (necklaces, mugs, hanging pots, maybe something else fun I’m working on, now). Your wish is my command!
Here is why I’m doing this:
For over a year I have spent one morning a week volunteering at a not-for-profit organization called the Aphasia Institute. Aphasia affects 1 in 3 people (stats alert!) who have had a stroke, and maybe you know someone who lives or has lived with it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Aphasia is an acquired disorder caused by damage to the brain through either stroke, brain tumour or a brain injury. People with aphasia may experience difficulty communicating and expressing themselves with the world around them.
Every week, I am humbled and inspired by the members at the AI for their ability to work so hard every day to do things that the rest of us take for granted. The Aphasia Institute is a community where those living with Aphasia can practice their conversation, meet others going through similar experiences, learn how to express themselves through art (by learning how to paint with their left hand!), practice reading and writing, cook meals together, practice public speaking, and go on outings that would otherwise be very difficult or impossible for a person living with Aphasia.
I don’t want to sound too much like a bleeding heart, but the bottom line is that if I, or someone I loved, had Aphasia I would be glad to know this amazing organization and community exists.
Right now, the Aphasia Institute has a fundraising campaign called “I CARE” going on, and the purpose to spread awareness about Aphasia and to raise funds to help purchase some much needed equipment and to have an outings fund for those members who cannot afford to pay for organized outings on their own.
Donations can be made via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can donate with an e-transfer, or just by cash.
Even if you read this and talk about it with someone else, THANK YOU. The main goal of the I CARE campaign is not just to raise funds, but also to raise awareness about a disorder that affects so many Canadians.
Thank you. So much.