By SooToday.com Staff
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Riders support Easter Seals Snowarama
SAULT STE. MARIE - (Feb. 20) – Camille Venn rode today in Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids for a very special purpose.
As if raising money for the over 150 local children with disabilities wasn’t enough.
As if helping families with disabled children who may face up to $40,000 a year extra expense wasn’t enough.
Five year old Camille Venn rode today in memory of her father.
Danny Venn was a supporter of Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids, participating as often as he could.
Born with spina bifida, he knew the cause well and understood how Easter Seals could help families.
Last January, Danny passed away.
On her own, Camille told her Mom, Corry, that she wanted to ride this year in memory of her Dad.
And she did it with conviction of purpose, raising $533.00 for Easter Seals.
The course is a long one and it took all day to finish it, but finish she did.
Her Daddy would be proud.
Camille was one of 121 riders who participated in the 36th annual Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids.
Total raised for the day’s event is $32,400.
Dr. David Beck was the highest fundraiser, bringing in $4337.00.
The Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids event was started by famous Canadian wrestler Whipper Billy Watson and in 1974 to raise money for the construction of a therapeutic pool.
As quoted in the Sault Star on Jan. 31, 1979, “They deserve a chance to live life as normally as you or I and we can help them do it. We can tear down some of those needless barriers that the handicapped face everyday. We can give thanks that our kids and families aren’t afflicted and we can get out and sincerely work hard to make the 1979 Snowarama the most successful yet.”
To date, Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids has raised over 16.1 million dollars provincially to help support children and youth with physical disabilities.
Raising a child with a physical disability can cost a family an additional $40,000 a year.
Donations to Snowarama will help provide financial assistance for vital communications and mobility equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and communication devices.
They will also help Easter Seals kids attend fully accessible Easter Seals summer camps and other summer recreational programs such as swimming and art classes.