For Immediate Release | January 13, 2014
A Splash of Color makes camps possible for kids with disabilities
VERNON, BC - January 13, 2014 - Every summer over 260 kids with disabilities from the Okanagan Valley and surrounding areas attend Easter Seals Camp Winfield having a blast of a time! Now you can help a child by splashing out in colour on April 19, when the Easters Seals Splash of Color Family Fun Run presented by Century21 takes place in Kelowna and Vernon for the first time. Fundraisers, such as the Easter Seals Splash of Color Family Fun Run raises funds to help send kids to camp for a one week adventure. All the proceeds raised from the events in Kelowna and Vernon will stay in the Okanagan to help send local kids with disabilities to Camp Winfield. Every $2,400 raised will enable one child to attend the week-long camp.
Easter Seals operates three camps in British Columbia. Camp Winfield was established in 1968, followed by Camp Squamish in 1972 and Camp Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island in 1976. "The Camps provide a safe, warm and supportive environment for the campers to take risks, challenge themselves and try new things. While at camp, the kids cultivate meaningful relationships and experiences that they then take with them outside of camp. When the kids go home after a week, I see many of their social media status change to 'only 358 days till I go back to camp!'," said James Gagnon, Director of Camping at BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. More information about the camps is available at: http://www.eastersealscamps.ca/home
Sign up now as a participant at www.splashofcolor.ca for the 2014 Easter Seals Splash of Color Family Fun Run. The run or walk will be around 5 kilometres and exact event locations for Kelowna and Vernon will be confirmed shortly. For the $35 entry fee, participants receive a T-shirt and sunglasses. Children six and younger are free, but will have to pay the fee if they want a T-shirt and sunglasses.
"We are looking for sponsors and volunteers to support the runs in Kelowna and Vernon," said media spokesperson, Jeanette Hoft. Please visit the website atwww.splashofcolor.ca or contact Wan Wan at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or event organizer Lesley Spiegel at email@example.com for details on sponsorships.
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More about Easter Seals and the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
In 1947, a group of Lions Clubs in BC decided that they could make a difference in their community by providing transportation to children with disabilities. The BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities was established shortly thereafter, and the development of a province-wide accessible bus system began. It grew to the point that at one time it was the largest private bus system in North America.
From this initial idea, other services for children and their families began to take shape, and with the integration of the Easter Seals franchise came the development of Easter Seals Houses and Easter Seals Camps. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families for more than 80 years.
Visit us at:
The BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities: http://www.lionsbc.ca/
Easter Seals: www.eastersealscamps.ca/home