New Leaf Link’s Move-A-Thon fundraiser to support adults with physical and developmental disabilities

New Leaf Link clients participating in the Move-A-Thon fundraiser. Still taken from a video on the New Leaf Link Facebook Page.

Throughout the month of May, New Leaf Link (NeLL) is holding a Move-A-Thon fundraiser, which aims to raise awareness of the organization and funds for its programs.

NeLL is a non-profit organization based in Harrowsmith, dedicated to providing educational day programming for adults with physical and developmental disabilities. According to the organization, its programs focus on fostering personal growth, building connections through friendship, and promoting community belonging, with activities ranging from music, acting, and dancing to health, nutrition, and community engagement.

The Move-A-Thon fundraiser is crucial for sustaining New Leaf Link’s objectives throughout the year, NeLL shared. As the organization does not receive government or regular funding, it relies heavily on community donations, grants when attainable, and fundraisers such as this one.

How does it work?

Participants, staff, volunteers, and supporters engage in various physical activities during the Move-A-Thon, demonstrating their commitment to the cause, and asking their friends, family and community to donate to an individual or a team signed up and representing New Leaf Link. 

“The Move-A-Thon fundraiser is a testament to our commitment to promoting physical activity and well-being among our participants. Throughout May, our participants are enthusiastically engaging in various movement activities, showcasing their resilience, determination, and zest for life. These activities are documented through engaging videos posted on our Facebook page, offering a glimpse into the remarkable dedication and spirit of our participants,” said MacKenzie Lee, Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator and New Leaf Link Board Member.

According to NeLL, the funds raised from this fundraiser are crucial in sustaining its programs and services, enabling the organization to provide enriching educational experiences, specialized resources, and essential support to its participants.

“Last year, NeLL program staff, with the assistance of caregivers and volunteers, facilitated a successful four-day and three-night sleep-away camping experience for our participants, which we hope to make an annual event with the help of this annual fundraiser,” Lee expressed.

An exciting addition to the event is the participation of some participants as team captains, highlighting inclusivity and empowerment within the organization, NeLL detailed.

How to help:

All funds raised from the Move-A-Thon will support New Leaf Link’s educational programming for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Donations for Move-A-Thon can be made by credit card through the organization’s secure website www.newleaflink.ca/donate or by contacting organizer MacKenzie Lee directly to donate by cash or e-transfer: [email protected]. All donations will receive a tax receipt.

NeLL invites the public to attend the Move-A-Thon wrap-up event on Friday, May 31, 2024, at Harrowsmith’s Centennial Park from 4 to 5 p.m. to cheer on the participants as they complete their final lap to close the event.

“Together, let us celebrate the power of movement, community, and compassion as we strive to make a difference in the lives of the men and women we serve,” Lee stated.

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