First-year recreation and leisure services students including Marcie McClure and Ashley Cathcart were there, outside of Aboriginal Services, setting up the event, which was held to raise money for KidsAbility.
The organization serves children with a wide range of special needs. Including those with developmental disabilities and delays related to premature birth, medical syndromes such as Down syndrome, co-ordination disorders, autism, physical disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and communication difficulties in language, articulation, fluency and voice.
Recreation and leisure services students don’t always sponsor this particular charity. It’s up to the students who run the yearly fundraising event to decide who they want to support.
KidsAbility provides rehabilitation services for children from Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington from birth to 18 years of age. They are one of 20 children’s treatment centres in Ontario and they are accountable to the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services.
“They do the activity every year, but you get to choose what you want to do,” Cathcart said. “You just have to raise money for a foundation.” The students’ Candy Land fundraiser featured lots of different candy and a draw for a $15 Timmies card.
Students were encouraged to participate in the game and to try to win prizes.
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