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See Through Other Eyes (Posted On: Tuesday, November 16, 2010)

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Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Resource Centre aims to raise $10,000 through the Annual Fundraising Campaign which started in September and ends with the “Through Other Eyes” Independent Living Challenge Event on December 3rd at the new Collingwood Public Library.  Participants in the Through Other Eyes event are asked to collect pledges from family, friends and colleagues.  They will experience firsthand what it feels like to perform everyday tasks with a disability.

Registration is free to participants who raise a minimum of $100 in pledges – participants who do not raise the minimum will pay a nominal $25 registration fee.

New to the organization, the Consumer Contingency Fund (CCF) was created to assist consumers in emergency situations and to fund consumer expenses that are not covered by other sources.  “When you live on a low, fixed income as most of our consumers do, any extra expenses can be overwhelming. For example, a consumer recently needed to get a Medic Alert bracelet and simply did not have the money. We were able to purchase this for him using donated dollars in the Consumer Contingency Fund,” said Andrea Abbott-Kokosin, Executive Director.  This year, donors can choose to direct their donations to either the Consumer Contingency Fund or General Operating Funds. Donations to General Operating Funds help to fund program costs for example:  $50 will cover a yoga class for 20 consumers; $100 will pay for movie night for 20 consumers; $250 will pay for assistive software and training for one consumer with a visual impairment; $1000 will cover the cost of a trip to the AGO or the ROM and lunch for 45 consumers.

Gary Donor is the Campaign Spokesperson this year. Gary joined Breaking Down Barriers Board of Directors in June this year. As a person challenged with retinitis pigmentosa or tunnel vision, Gary brings his own unique perspective to this role.   “I encourage you to come out on December 3rd and discover what it is like to perform every day tasks when you are challenged with various disabilities,” says Gary.

Since 1985, Breaking Down Barriers has been empowering people with disabilities and enabling them to live independently in our communities through the delivery of programs and services such as Peer Support, Independent Living Skills, Employment Programs and more.

To make a donation, register for Through Other Eyes or learn more about how Breaking Down Barriers helps people with disabilities in the Southern Georgian Triangle, please visit our website or call Andrea at 705-445-1543 ext 300. 


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