November 1, 2012 –The Milton Chapter of the Harley Owners Group® (H.O.G.) raised more than $10,200 in its recent Charity Run for ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, increasing its total donations to more than $237,000 in 11 years of support. This year, 125 riders took part in the 120 km event.
“Proceeds from our annual Charity Run help ErinoakKids continue its vitally needed Independent Living Program,” said Hans Gabriel, Co-Chair of the annual H.O.G. Charity Run for ErinoakKids. “It’s a unique 10-day residential program that helps young people with physical disabilities develop skills for living as independently as possible. They learn skills such as meal planning and preparation, money management, and how to direct attendant services. As well, they hear about accessible housing options, community safety, how to advocate for themselves, and more.”
Although many of the services ErinoakKids provides to children and youth with disabilities are provincially funded, the Independent Living Program (ILP) is one of several additional services that rely on donations from the community to operate.
“The support we receive from Milton H.O.G. for our Independent Living Program has been unwavering for more than a decade,” said Bridget Fewtrell, President and CEO of ErinoakKids. “It is an outstanding example of local donor support making a real difference in the lives of young people in our own communities.”
About ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, serving almost 13,000 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, and communication disorders as well as children who are deaf or blind. Our mission is to help children and youth with physical, developmental and communication disabilities to achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. Serving Halton, Peel, Dufferin — and, for some services, Waterloo and Wellington — ErinoakKids has a staff of 650 operating from nine locations. In 2011 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services approved a redevelopment project to enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its programs and services to three new sites built specifically for the care of children and youth with special needs. The new facilities are expected to open in 2017. For more information about ErinoakKids please visit www.ErinoakKids.ca
About Milton Chapter, Harley Owners Group®
Milton H.O.G., a family-oriented, not for profit organization, promotes motorcycling activities for its 200 members. The Chapter is sponsored by Jacox Harley-Davidson in Mississauga. New members are welcome year-round. For more information, please visit www.MiltonHOGChapter.com
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Director of Communications
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
P: 905.855.2690 ext. 4301
Public Relations Officer
Milton Chapter, Harley Owners Group®
They ride for the kids
– On October 16, Milton Harley Owners Group® (H.O.G.) Director Ann Gabriel (centre) presented a ceremonial cheque for $10,237.44 to representatives from ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. With this year’s contribution, the Milton Chapter of H.O.G. brought its total donations, made over the past 11 years, to more than $237,000.