Everyone has a cause close to their heart, whether it is because they have been personally affected or it hits close to home.
Mine is our community: Niagara-on-the-Lake.
This community gave me so much at the most difficult times in my life that it is easy to want to do the same in return, so when Special Olympics Ontario asked for assistance to fundraise for a NOTL chapter, it was once again an easy “yes.”
Special Olympics is an organization that allows people with ID (intellectual disabilities) to show their athleticism and compete in sport.
Within our community there are hundreds of kids and adults living with intellectual disabilities.
One of them is a close family member of mine.
For this article, I reached out to interview the future of this community — children who are close to me.
“I think it’s very nice for everyone to be given the chance for sports. Especially for their families that get to watch them be happy,” is Hope’s opinion on Special Olympics. She is seven years old and my daughter.
“Umm, I think everybody should have fun and be important,” was Hayden’s response, my nephew — he is five.
What do you think makes a community, Hope?
“Being kind and helping each other and having fun.”
And that is exactly what our first fundraiser for Special Olympics NOTL is all about.
Club 27: A live rock concert experience at Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre, celebrates the music of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Amy Winehouse, all who passed away at age 27.
Tickets are $45 and include a glass of wine, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to Special Olympics NOTL.
To get your tickets visit Jackson Triggs website, at www.greatestatesniagara.com .
For all details please follow on Special Olympics NOTL on Facebook.
The fundraising committee is also collecting donations for their pop-up shop under the marquis tent that evening. To donate please contact Nancy.firstname.lastname@example.org.