In the midst of these dark pandemic days, hope is what we all need. Helping others is a guaranteed way of activating hope. Enter Snowarama 2021.
That heartwarming feeling of reaching out and helping others rose up in little Kellan, a four-year-old lad, who lives in Atikokan. His dad Aaron announced to his family that, as a participant in Snowarama, he had to raise a minimum of $100. Sometime later while Aaron was counting what he had collected during his fundraising, his son Kellan asked what the money would be used for. Aaron explained that the funds were for Easter Seals kids and would be used to help children and youth with physical disabilities. With that, Kellan went to get his own piggy bank and said that he wanted to help those kids too!
Little Kellan was so inspired to help that he wanted to make his very own contribution. And there is the genuine hope that comes from helping others. What a lesson Kellan learned from this—one that will be with him forever!
This true story softens our hearts, especially now as we live through this challenging pandemic. It reminds us that we can choose hope over hopelessness, and in doing so, help an Easter Seals kid live with greater freedom and independence.
Aaron had wanted to be part of Snowarama for a long time, but the timing just hadn’t worked out. Three years ago everything finally lined up perfectly and he was able to participate in what he describes as a fun family event that helps so many kids and youth. He is already collecting pledges for this year’s event, which has gone virtual due to COVID-19. Even though there are no in-person Snowarama events for Aaron to take part in this year, he is still looking forward to riding the trails, connecting with the Snowarama community online, and, of course, fundraising for Easter Seals kids. Because it is for Easter Seals kids, any participation in Snowarama will be a wonderfully hopeful activity for Aaron and everyone involved.
Snowarama is a longstanding Easter Seals Ontario fundraising experience that was originally conceived by Whipper Billy Watson back in 1975. It has been supported over many years by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), who encourages everyone to participate in Snowarama this year.
This year, all of Snowaramas are working together toward a combined goal of raising $150,000. This funding will help to provide Easter Seals kids with the essential equipment they urgently need to live with dignity, safety and greater freedom in their own home.
Snowarama, like everything else, will look different this year, but your support will give hope to Easter Seals kids and to you too!
Let’s reach that goal along with Aaron and Kellan, click here to register today. Happy sledding!
Story by Karen Christie.