What is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday is a day when charities, families, businesses, and communities around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it is meant to unofficially “open the giving season”.
GivingTuesday at ESWO
Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario is asking the community to consider the #GIFTOFHOPE, through a monthly donation. Even just $20/month will greatly help to support the 1 in 100 people living with epilepsy throughout Southwestern Ontario this holiday season and beyond.
ESWO’s services are free and without government funding, the agency relies heavily on fundraising efforts, donations and assistance from the community to provide support, information and education to individuals and families affected by epilepsy.
This year, please consider making a monthly donation to improve the lives of people living with epilepsy.
What will I receive as a monthly donor?
You deserve to know how your generosity is making an impact, so we will send you regular communication. By becoming a monthly donor, we will put you on an exclusive newsletter list where you will receive updates on how your donation has made an impact that month. Find out what staff have been up to, read client stories, and get general information about ESWO.
Your monthly donation will help with these services/programs:
ESWO’s services are free to clients. Your commitment to a monthly donation will help to support the following;
Educators meet with individuals living with epilepsy and their families following diagnosis to provide information about their specific seizures, seizure first aid and general epilepsy information. By providing a network of support services, we aim to help everyone in the family live well with a diagnosis. Clients can get their questions answered and with a better understanding of their diagnosis, they’re less likely to depend on the Emergency Room for support.
Student support has been identified as one of the highest needs of parents who have children living with epilepsy. Improving a child’s school experience through education and support is a top priority for parents. ESWO staff provide teacher training, school safety plans and classroom presentations to help ensure children are safe at school, to reduce myths and stigma from classmates, and to develop learning strategies.
Wacky Wednesday Summer Camp
Our Summer Camp is designed for children living with epilepsy and their siblings aged 4-12. Our children’s programming is designed to support the unique physical, learning, emotional and behavioural needs of children living with seizures. The use of trained one-on-one volunteers provide reassurance for parents and caregivers that their children are safe should they experience a seizure at camp. Our camps offer an inclusive environment where helmets and seizures are simply no big deal and kids can just be kids.
Share Your Unselfie
Today, post an unselfie telling your friends and family why you support us. An unselfie is like a selfie, but with a generous twist. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that tells followers who you’re supporting for #GivingTuesdayCA and why. Be sure to tag @epilepsyswo to share with us!