Cody Deaner's "Giv'er for Charity" to raise funds for Every Kid Counts program at the Lansdowne Children's Centre
Throughout the months of June to August 2020, Cody Deaner's "Giv'er for Charity" initiative will be raising money for the Every Kid Counts program at the Lansdowne Children's Centre.
Cody Deaner had the following to say about the launch of this years fundraiser on his Facebook page:
"A number of years ago, I met an amazing little girl named Regan. She came to me crying after one of my wrestling matches, but I was able to calm her down and wipe away her tears with a gift of an autographed Cody Deaner hat and some kind words.
I then learned from her mother how important of a moment this was for Regan. She didn't normally talk to strangers in the way she was talking to me. Why? Because Regan is autistic. I then realized the special connection I had with this little girl - and a relationship was formed.
Since that day, I learned about a place that has helped Regan out immensely over the years - The Lansdowne Children's Centre. This centre has a very special program called "Every Kid Counts." The Every Kid Counts program provides children and youth with special needs an equal opportunity to participate in local recreational programs of their choice. Each child/youth is matched with a Support Worker who provides both hands-on and programming support to the child, family and recreation staff. This program is entirely funded by the generous donations of the public.
I know that times are tough right now during the economic shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, our fundraiser was able to bring in $3795 for the EKC program. This year, our online goal is to try to raise $1000 during these tough financial times. Any amount you can give will be going straight to this awesome program to help these kids in need.
Self-isolation brings about all of its own unique challenges for children with special needs. This program is able to help kids get back out and involved in the community after a long period of being couped up at home and just needing a sense of routine and normalcy.
Below are some links to learn more about the EKC program and some info about our past fundraisers:
EKC program info: http://www.lansdownecentre.ca/every-kid-counts
Cody & Regan share a special moment in a wrestling ring: https://youtu.be/cjdeu2AjL4U
4Brant article on Cody & Regan's fundraiser: http://4brant.com/2018/08/rags-meets-the-redneck-renegade-lansdowne-childrens-centre-gets-the-win/"
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