Telethon Supports Youth With Disabilities

Panelists take calls during the 31st annual Easter Seals Telethon, April 13, 2014. (Photo by Adelle Loiselle)

The 31st annual Easter Seals Telethon has raised $201,574 in support of children and youth with physical disabilities.

The telethon aired live on Sunday between 10am-4pm on CBC Windsor 9/Cable 10 and TV Cogeco Cable 11. The fundraiser also featured multiple media celebrities as hosts, including Dave Hunter from “Dave & Chuck the Freak” on WRIF, and BlackburnNews.com’s own Adelle Loiselle.

David Lenz, senior development officer for Easter Seals Ontario, says even though the telethon didn’t raise as much as last year, the event was still a great success.

“Last year we raised about $213,000, so we were down a little bit, but still, this community is so generous and we made it close to (our) target,” says Lenz.

Funds raised at the telethon help Easter Seals provide financial assistance to children with physical disabilities and their families for the purchase of essential mobility equipment. Easter Seals also provides fully accessible summer camping and recreation opportunities and post-secondary education scholarships.