From World Sight Day, October 11 to Remembrance Day, November 11, 2018, BALANCE for Blind Adults held our first-ever peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Called “Because of BALANCE”, the campaign highlighted clients’ stories about why they are grateful for BALANCE programs and services. BALANCE is so very pleased to announce that we raised $15,644, effectively more than tripling our goal of $5000!
BALANCE gratefully acknowledges the participation of our amazing client and staff fundraisers, and the many donors who contributed to this campaign. In doing so, they have directly strengthened our group programming for this fiscal year, making it possible for us to increase these opportunities for our clients.
Part way through the campaign, an anonymous donor stepped forward with the offer to match any funds raised in the last 12 days of the campaign. This gesture resulted in a steep rise in participation and significantly contributed to the incredible success of the campaign, and we are truly grateful.
The impact of these funds is significant. Here are a few examples of the direct impact of these funds:
- $800 pays for 6 weeks of our extremely successful psycho-social support group
- $2500 will permit us to bring in an expert to run a self-defense program (oft-requested by clients)
- $800 covers the cost of a 10 week adapted yoga program
- $600 will pay guest experts to make special presentations and provide workshops to clients, and
- $3000 will pay for 5 front line staff to take part in professional development opportunities
BALANCE for Blind Adults is a community-based service organization that, for the past 32 years, has been providing clients in Toronto who are blind or visually impaired with instruction and support. Our staff aim to help clients achieve their personal goals related to technology, orientation and mobility, community engagement and daily living skills. BALANCE recognizes that each client goal is unique and we are able to customize support accordingly.
That’s the BALANCE difference.
Everyone in the BALANCE community has a “Because of BALANCE” story. In fact, it’s the most common thing our staff hear, expressed as gratitude and appreciation. Many of our clients don’t know how to express their gratitude in a meaningful way, so the BALANCE team is trying something different. With a donation in honor of the BALANCE difference, clients and their networks can make a gift of gratitude that benefits staff, clients, and future clients alike.
To read our fundraisers’ stories, click https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/balance-for-blind-adults/p2p/becauseofbalance/#participants
This campaign has ended for this year, but you can still donate! Click https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/balance-for-blind-adults/