Just one week ago on Monday night 100 Men YEG members met to hear from three deserving charities.
If you didn’t get an opportunity to attend, you can still donate your $100 via this link: http://100menyeg.com/donate/ It’s never too late, and if everyone who has committed to this quarterly donation follows through, the impact will be even better!
So on with it, what happened?
First, Julie Boucher from Edmonton Down Syndrome Society – came back and told us how they allocated the $11K they received from us at our last meeting.
Please read the thank you letter we received HERE
What the EDSS is about:
They provide opportunities and experiences for people with Down syndrome (Ds) to learn, grow and strive for their individual potential in their home, school and community life.
Their society supports individuals born with Ds and their families in Alberta from Red Deer north, including Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Bonnyville and Fort McMurray.
Their mission is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families by providing information and support, facilitating services, and promoting inclusion through public awareness and advocacy, in collaboration with community partners.
PRESENTING CHARITIES FOR THE EVENING
Children’s Wish of Northern Alberta
The Edmonton office of Children’s Wish raises money to grant wishes to local children facing life-threatening illness. However, their office is part of a national foundation with at least one office in every province across Canada. Each office is responsible for raising the needed funds to grant wishes in their area.
One of the nice things they can offer their donors is to watch and even participate in wish granting. The average cost of a wish is $10,000 and if we were chosen by 100 Men Who Give a Damn, we could grant a local wish on your members’ behalf. You could be kept up to date during the planning process and for those who would be interested, we could include them in what we call the ‘delivery’ of the wish.
We all know someone – a family member, a friend, a co-worker or a neighbor – who has had their life turned upside down by cancer. At Wellspring Edmonton cancer patients and their families can access a wide range of over 48 Core programs at no cost. A sampling of these programs include support and educational programs such as Peer Support, Young Adults with Cancer, Expressive Arts, Gentle Yoga, Alberta Cancer Exercise, Coming Back to Work, Mindfulness Meditation, Nutrition and a Professional Speaker’s Series -WELL TALKS.
Wellspring Edmonton receives no government or agency funding, and relies solely on the generosity of its donors in order to offer this essential programming. Every donation goes directly to helping people help themselves, and ensures that no one will have to face cancer alone.
Recipient of the Night
The charity that was the chosen recipient of the night by the members on hand was, the Edmonton Epilepsy Association. To give you some background on this 57-year old organization, they are a Registered Canadian Charity and incorporated as a Not-for-Profit Alberta Society, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Their service area is all Alberta north of Red Deer, including Greater Edmonton, and the N.W.T. More than 26,000 people of all ages with Epilepsy (about one in every hundred of the total population) live in our service area.
They carry out a double-hatted role of educating the General Public about Epilepsy, as well as providing free Counselling and other Support Services to people who live with Epilepsy (and their families).
They operate on a total annual budget of less than $225,000, with only three hard-working dedicated staff members, supported by our equally hard-working Board and cadre of committed volunteers.
100% of donations and fundraising proceeds go directly towards the delivery of our numerous and diverse programs and services. Some of these programs and services have earned both national and international recognition and adoption.
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