Rotary4Kids

Over it’s storied history of close to 100 years, The Rotary Club of North Bay has  made the support of special needs children and their families in North Bay and area it’s primary focus for it’s charitable work.  And over the years the fundraising has taken many forms from soliciting direct donations among members and friends, to community events such as telethons, skate-a-thons, snowmobile rides, community events and radio shows.

Like all charities, in 2020 our fundraising was severely challenged by COVID-19 as all events  ceased, and we took a wait and see on how to approach the community for support.

But even as our fundraising petered to a trickle, the Rotary Club of North Bay continued to work with health care agencies and private families to offer support to children with special needs.

As we move beyond COVID-19, our appeal to the community to support our efforts returns through virtual and in-person requests for donations.

 

Can We Ask You For A Donation?

Donations received help local and area families of children with special needs to assist with buying rehabilitative devices, sponsoring kids for therapeutic camps and working with professionals who identify individual needs for families with no where else to turn..

 

 

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All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt from the Rotary Club of North Bay Charitable Trust (donations made through Canada Helps are receipted direct from Canada Helps on our behalf).

Thank you for helping Rotary help Kids….

How We Help Kids

Rotary4Kids is a local fundraiser with donations assisting local and area children with special needs and their families in many ways, including:

  • assisting children with uninsured medical costs
  • assisting to purchase wheelchairs and other specialized mobility devices
  • assisting with funding for renovations including ramps, lifts, fences and other items that allow or improve in-home mobility for children
  • computers and other assistive learning devices
  • special needs in cases where other avenues of funding are exhausted or unavailable

All funds are managed by the Rotary Club of North Bay, and as a volunteer based local Service Club, you can be assured your donation is spent on area children.  Every effort is made to ensure overhead and fundraising costs are kept to a minimum.

Donations are welcome any time throughout the year. Please consider us.

 

 

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All donations receive a charitable tax receipt issued by The Rotary Club of North Bay Charitable Trust  (or CanadaHelps.ca if donation is processed via CanadaHelps).

Meet Aidan, Our Rotary4Kids Ambassador for 2021

 

Aidan was selected as our Rotary4Kids Ambassador in 2020, but with COVID-19 closing our community fundraising, last year, we have asked Aidan to return to the role in 2021.

Aidan is an 11 year old boy who attends grade 6 at Woodland Public School.  You can sometimes hear him being referred to as the ‘Mayor of Woodland’ throughout the halls as he knows everyone and always checks in to make sure they are okay.  He is a great big brother to his sister, Ava, and loves spending time with his dog, Kaiah.

When Aidan was two years old, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome referred to as 17q21.31 microdeletion syndrome.  It wasn’t until a few years later, that it was renamed to Koolen deVries Syndrome (KdVS) after Dr. David Koolen and Dr. Bert deVries.  With only approximately 350 individuals throughout the world and less than 10 known cases in Canada, it is very difficult to find information on the syndrome and long-term effects.  Thankfully, we have been able to attend several patient advocacy summits where we gather with other families with individuals who have KdVS to share stories and meet with specialists to learn about progress with the syndrome.

With the syndrome, Aidan is challenged with global developmental delays.  These include physical (low muscle tone) and intellectual delays, and he struggles with staying focused and on task.  He also experiences anxiety and stutters when he becomes anxious.  Thankfully he does not experience some of the more severe symptoms of KdVS such as seizures, heart defects or kidney problems.

Once someone has the opportunity to meet Aidan, they are greeted by his cheerful, sociable, and cooperative disposition.  He is incredibly empathetic and is known for putting the needs of others before his own.  He has an amazing memory and can remember the smallest detail from a fleeting moment from years ago.  Although Aidan sometimes has difficulties with social cues, programs offered through NADY such as the recreation program, provide opportunities for Aidan to participate in community events with a group of his peers.  While it can be difficult for him to make friends at school, he always looks forward to Saturdays when he can see his ‘NADY’ friends and gets the opportunity to just be a kid without the stresses of being different.

Through the volunteer, parent-led NADY organization, Aidan has been lucky to participate in programs such as the recreation program, horseback riding, downhill skiing with the Nipissing Trackers (and their special guest Rick Mercer), and singing O Canada for a Battalion home game (pre-COVID-19).

Aidan also plays hockey for the North Bay Shooting Stars and has been on the basketball and cross-country running teams for Woodland.  During the summers, Aidan loves to spend time out at the cottage swimming, ATVing, going for walks to the Enchanted Forest and enjoying the occasional campfire s’more.  Aidan has a passion for music and thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club, Aidan was able to take piano lessons with the North Bay School of Music.

Please support Aidan and all of the kids helped by Rotary4Kids.  Donations are welcome any time throughout the year. Please consider us.

 

 

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All donations receive an official tax receipt issued by The Rotary Club of North Bay Charitable Trust (donations made via Canada Helps  receive a tax receipt direct from Canada Helps on our behalf).

Kev’s Kids

Join us on June 10th and 11th as Kevin Oschefski hosts Kev’s Kids, a 29 hour radio marathon on Moose FM 106.3.

  • Hear about the Kids’s and programs Rotary supports.
  • Hear from the families, about their great Kids and how your financial support assists.
  • Donate during the show.

 

 

 

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 All donations receive a charitable tax receipt issued by The Rotary Club of North Bay Charitable Trust  (or CanadaHelps.ca if donation is processed via CanadaHelps).