Dozens of people took to the trails for the 46th annual Snowarama ride Saturday afternoon.
Similar events take place across the province, with a goal of helping children with physical disabilities. This year’s event took place in the Greater Sudbury community of Hanmer.
Organizers with Snowarama say this annual event goes a long way for families.
“It costs more than $40,000 a year to raise a child with a physical disability, so everything we can do to some of those costs the parents are just so happy,” says Carmen Bazinet, an organizer of Snowarama. “We help fund all their much needed equipment, wheelchairs, walkers, and allow them to go to camp for ten days, so fully accessible, wheelchair accessible. Everything accessible camp and it helps them to just be kids.”
This year the two ambassadors for Easter Seals are Sierra Neville and Sebastien Parent. They say they’ve been waiting a whole year for this event.
“It was a lot of fun getting to know everybody, getting to see what this whole organization is about and just getting to understand about this whole thing,” says Parent. “It means a lot getting to support kids like me.”
Neville says she loves helping people that she can relate to.
“It’s going to help raise money to kids like me so that way they can go to camp. I’m looking forward to camp because then I will be able to do lots of stuff by myself.”
Officials with Snowarama say there are close to 300 families in northern Ontario that benefit from the Easter Seals program.
Organizers say they are hoping to surpass last year’s fundraising total of $11,000.