Why I Canvass!
Wayne EastabrookPeterborough resident Wayne
Eastabrook has been canvassing his neighbourhood in support of March of Dimes Canada’s Door-to-Door Campaign for over a decade. He became a canvasser after March of Dimes Canada provided financial assistance to help his daughter Kate move into her own supported apartment.
“I don’t believe that Kate would be able to be as independent and live on her own without the support of March of Dimes Canada,” says Wayne.
Each year he raises $300-$400 in his community. His neighbours know he’s coming, and are prepared with a small donation when Wayne comes to their door.
“I like to canvass in January, because how can anybody turn away a man in the cold,” jokes Wayne. “But really, I like to remind my neighbours that this a good cause, helping people in their community, and that every bit counts” he says.
Wayne believes in paying it forward, in addition to supporting March of Dimes Canada, he is also the Board President of Community Living Peterborough.
“I know that there are needs in the community, and somehow, we have to help,” says Wayne.
Join March of Dimes Canada to help children and adults like Kate with physical disabilities living in your community increase their community participation and independence - donate today or sign up to be a canvasser in your neighbourhood for next year. Thank you!
About March of Dimes Canada
March of Dimes Canada is a multi-service charity offering a range of programs and services such as Attendant Care, Employment Services, Assistive Devices, Independent Living Supportive Housing, Transitional Skills programs and more.
Each year, March of Dimes Canada spends more than $75 million on programs and services that help people with physical disabilities gain independence, and reach their full potential.
For over sixty years March of Dimes has depended on the kindness and generosity of Canadians who open their doors, heart and wallets during our annual Door-to-Door Campaign. This tradition started in 1949 when "Marching Mothers" went door to door to raise money for a polio cure. Thanks to their efforts, a vaccine was found and Canada was the first country to be declared polio-free.
Today’s March of Dimes Canada provides programs and services that open doors for people with physical disabilities to jobs, recreation, mobility and independence – but we couldn’t do it without our dedicated volunteers!
The 2016 campaign will see over 4,000 volunteer canvassers going door-to-door as well as online to help raise money for children and adults living with physical disabilities. Our goal for this year’s campaign is to raise $400,000!
With the aging of our population, more Canadians than ever need our help. Please give today to help people with disabilities live fulfilled and independent lives.