Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday…GivingTuesday is coming on November 28, 2017. It is a movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The opening day of the giving season, it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.
Join Eric Howk of Portugal. The Man on Giving Tuesday,
and support March of Dimes Canada's L.I.F.E. Program
Meet Eric Howk.
Most of the time, Eric is busy touring the world with his band Portugal. The Man,
playing guitar on their hit song “Feel it Still.
” But this November, Eric is speaking out for March of Dimes Canada and youth with disabilities.
Leading up to Giving Tuesday on November 28, Eric will be helping us raise money for our Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) program. L.I.F.E.’s goal is to give youth with disabilities the skills they need to transition into adulthood.
March of Dimes Canada currently offers L.I.F.E. in two cities, but Eric wants to help us bring the program to other cities across Canada. Donate to our Giving Tuesday campaign today so we can bring the L.I.F.E. program to more youth with disabilities.
L.I.F.E. is unique – it combines rehabilitation with practical workshops and fun excursions. Participants expand their skills through participation in life skills workshops, adaptive sports, transit training, music therapy, Conductive Education (a physical rehabilitation program), social outings and more. And Eric understands the barriers young adults with disabilities face because he uses a wheelchair himself, after he was in an accident and became paraplegic.
It was just a regular Saturday night at a friend’s house that led to Eric’s injury. He fell down a hidden construction hole and broke three vertebrae, severing his spine. But he didn’t let his accident get in the way of his dreams. Eric re-learned how to play guitar, this time in his wheelchair, and got right back to doing what he loves most and has been touring and performing ever since.
Now Eric wants to make sure other youth get the chance to pursue their dreams the way he has. And L.I.F.E. might just be that first step!
Our generous donor Savaria
has also joined the campaign and agreed to match your donation, dollar-to-dollar, up to $20,000, so your donation will go twice as far!