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Help A Child Smile
An organization focused on children with cancer treated at the Children’s Hospital at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation by providing opportunities for them and their families to smile and have fun. If, for one hour, or one day, we can ‘Help A Child Smile’, our hard work along with the donations and support of family and friends in the communities we serve will have made it all worthwhile.
Help A Child Smile is a charity dedicated to bringing joy into the lives of children with cancer. HACS was founded in 1987 in honour of Kacey Lynn Rainville, whose wish to go to Canada’s Wonderland inspired family and friends to “Help a Child Smile.”
As you would imagine, life for a child with cancer is filled with pain, hospital visits, sacrifice and treatment. Now in its third decade, HACS is serving over 1100 families whose child is being or has been treated for cancer at McMaster Children’s Hospital. There is an average of 150 children in active treatment at any given time.
Each year Help A Child Smile is able to support both the child stricken with cancer and their family with many outings including trips to African Lion Safari, Blue Jays Games, Canada’s Wonderland and many other fun filled family events. And ultimately, HACS ensures that each child and their family enjoys a week at Disney World!
Camp Maple Leaf
Camp Maple Leaf is more than a summer camp. Located on a 104 acre island in the Kawarthas, it is a place rich in adventure, fun and restorative powers. Camp Maple Leaf is a registered charity with programming that promotes the development of self-confidence, self-esteem, problem solving skills, leadership and conflict resolution. Since its establishment in 1955 by the Canadian Council of War Veterans, over 30,000 underprivileged children, and children of military families, have enjoyed the transformative experience that only summer camp and Camp Maple Leaf can provide.
Special Olympics Ontario
For the past 40 years, Special Olympics Ontario has represented nearly 17,000 special needs athletes in our communities – aiming to promote social, physical, and mental development through participation in sports activities and training. It seeks to prepare athletes for participation in regular sports in the community.
The Special Olympics is held on regional, provincial, national, and world levels. Athletes of all ages and ability levels are able to compete with other athletes of similar ability, and everyone is recognized for their participation. The National and World Games are held every 2 years on an alternating summer and winter basis.
The Special Olympics is now the world’s foremost movement striving to promote acceptance, respect, and dignity for people with intellectual disabilities.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the primary community-based fundraising initiative for the Special Olympics. Founded in Wichita, KS, in 1981, the Torch Run has grown to include nearly 90,000 police professionals in over 35 countries around the world. Run by various police professionals – including police officers, corrections and support staff, and volunteers – the LETR raises funds and awareness through many different community events. These events include Polar Bear Plunges, motorcycle runs, t-shirt and hat sales, and media events like the NHL Alumni Tour.
Police Retirees Of Ontario
The Police Retirees of Ontario Incorporated (P.R.O.), was founded in 1992, by a group of retired police officers for the purpose of establishing an organization which would be dedicated to serving an exclusive membership restricted to retired law enforcement personnel of every rank and classification, their spouses, the widow and widowers of both active and retired law enforcement personnel.
To enable the P.R.O. to fulfill its obligations to its membership, and ensure compliance with its aims and objectives, the Corporation hosts sponsored fundraising events in many communities throughout Ontario each year.
Since 1993, the Police Retirees of Ontario has been able to donate in excess of $1,000,000 to children-oriented causes and charities throughout Ontario.