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Launch of Break Down the Barriers Campaign at Fairways Indoor Golf (Posted On: Saturday, May 19, 2007)

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Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Resource Centre on May 15th launched their FIRST EVER campaign called “Break Down the Barriers” at the Fairways Indoor Golf Restaurant in Collingwood.

During this 2 month campaign they will be encouraging people to recognize the importance of making our communities accessible for all residents. “Our local communities need to be aware of the important work done by Breaking Down Barriers as well as the impact our programs have made to members of the community for over 21 years.” stated Janet Ellis, Campaign Committee Chair.

Among the goals of this campaign is to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and make more businesses accessible. The funds raised will allow Breaking Down Barriers to continue to expand upon programs across the Georgian Triangle and provide on-site accessibility consultations for businesses through the “Thumbs Up “program.

Breaking Down Barriers is all about empowering people with disabilities to remove the physical, attitudinal and societal barriers that prevent them from having a full life. Maggie Arnold, a consumer of Breaking Down Barriers stated, “Other people could help me do things but Breaking Down Barriers has helped me learn to do things for myself.”

Pledges made to this campaign will go a long way toward making communities within the Georgian Triangle area a place where persons with disabilities can live independent lives. Showing your support of this initiative will help send a message that you want to join together to create a barrier free community! You or your business can show your support by making a monetary pledge and/or contacting their office to find out how you can make your businesses Barrier Free. Donations obtained through this campaign will not be used toward the peer support program that receives some financial support from the United Way of South Georgian Bay.

For more information on making your business Barrier Free contact Catherine Sholtz at 705-445-1543, Ext. 102

To make your pledge of support contact Tammie Buckler at 705-445-1543, Ext. 108 or visit our website at www.breakingdownbarriers.org

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