Toronto, ON, April 10, 2015 — This Sunday, Easter Seals Ontario will broadcast its 32nd annual Telethon on CBC and affiliate channels throughout the province. Airing live from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the show will ask viewers to donate to help fund Easter Seals’ programs and services that allow kids with physical disabilities to enjoy greater freedom, independence and accomplishment.
The 6-hour fundraiser will be hosted by media celebrities including Brent Bambury, Tom Harrington, and Anthony Regan from CBC, Kevin Frankish, Frank Ferrigine, Natasha Ramsahai, Patricia Jaggernauth, Bill Hutchison and Natalie Johnson from CTV, Suzanne Leonard from The Weather Network, Erin Davis from CHFI, Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, Diane Clemons and many others. The day will feature interviews with Easter Seals families, live performances by members of the Mirvish musical “Once”, and Canadian opera singer, Antonella Cavalarro, clips from Easter Seals camp and more. Individuals are encouraged to donate online before, during, or after the show at www.EasterSealsTelethon.org or by calling in to the show throughout the live broadcast.
“Children with physical disabilities are the same as other kids: they just want to BE KIDS. Our annual Telethon provides us with an opportunity to share some of their stories, as well as thank our supporters and raise much-needed funds,” says Carol Lloyd, President and CEO, Easter Seals Ontario. “For the past 92 years, Easter Seals has been helping children with physical disabilities achieve greater integration, mobility and participation in daily life and we need the support of the public to ensure the same opportunities continue to be available for these children in the future.”
Easter Seals would like to thank its generous supporters including UNIFOR, Colliers, Gap Inc., Rexall Foundation, Kiss the Cook Catering, McCAM Insurance, Toronto Firefighters, Industrial Alliance, Century 21, Air Canada Foundation, LoveBot, Movado, Friends of We Care, InterContinental Toronto and more.
In addition to the Toronto Telethon, regional Telethons will also be taking place in the following communities:
Peterborough, on CHEX TV and TVCogeco
South Eastern Ontario, on local TVCogeco
Sudbury, on local EastLink and TVCogeco
Windsor-Essex, on CBC Windsor and TVCogeco
For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Easter Seals relies on the generosity of donors and sponsor to be able to offer programs such as financial assistance for mobility equipment, communication devices and summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden. For more information or to donate, visit www.easterseals.org.