Bina and her husband Bharat are dedicated supporters of Easter Seals Ontario and have been for about three years. They are monthly donors and members of our President’s Circle. As if this support weren’t enough, Bina recently rallied her coworkers to support Easter Seals as well. Through bake sales, raffles and 50/50 draws, Bina raised just over $3,000 at her workplace, Entertainment One. What Bina didn’t know when she was fundraising for about six weeks was that her employer was going to match the funds she raised. The result? A whopping $6,040 donated to Easter Seals Ontario – enough to pay for two and a half sessions at camp! Thank you Bina and thank you Entertainment One!
Bina is no ordinary donor. She understands first-hand the difference Easter Seals camps make in the lives of children with physical disabilities. Her 15 year-old son, Sandeep, has a physical disability and for the first time last year, he attended Easter Seals camp Woodeden.
“I couldn’t believe the changes. He came back a different person,” Bina explains. “Sandeep used to refuse to leave the house with his walker because he didn’t want people to see him struggle. Now he has so much confidence and he uses it to go everywhere.”
And what does Sandeep remember about camp? “Sports,” he says. Sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball were his favourites and he loved the freedom to hang out with friends and go anywhere he wanted because it was all accessible. When he returns to camp this summer he is looking forward to trying the high ropes course and, well, everything! Sandeep gets a huge, excited smile whenever you ask him about it. “I’m going in July right mom?!” He confirms and Bina nods, glad to see he’s got such a big adventure to look forward to.
“I was so nervous to let him go,” says Bina who wasn’t sure about the care he would receive and whether or not he would have a good time. “I called him everyday until he told me to stop. He was having too much fun! When I picked him up at the end of camp, he said he wasn’t ready to leave.”
Thank you Bina and Entertainment One for raising so much money in support of sending kids like Sandeep to Easter Seals camp this summer!
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