Paxton Cole’s trademark smile was present at the 2013 Easter Seals Campaign wrapped up on June 17th at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Paxton, a grade five student at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School in Kensington was an inspiration to anyone that was lucky enough to meet her along the way. It was a family effort and Paxton’s family and friends were there to support her every step of way.
Easter Seals wishes to thank our media sponsors for working together to ensure that the Island was aware of Paxton’s travels during the campaign. CBC, MBS Radio, The Guardian and Journal Pioneer. Also thank you to NewCap, Eastern and Western Graphic for their support.
Paxton was true to her motto “See my smile and my positive attitude not my walker”. With Paxton’s shining smile and great attitude along with the help of many businesses and individuals Easter Seals was able to beat their fundraising goal of $140,000. Matt Rainnie, CBC, announced the total at the wrap up celebration of $141, 474! He noted that money is still coming in and it will only get better.
Stephen Cudmore, Chair of 2013 Easter Seals, noted that the incredible contributions of our major corporate donors were a huge help in reaching our goal. Special recognition goes to BMO Financial Group, ADL, Credit Unions of PEI, Vector Aerospace, Superior Sanitation~GreenIsle~Superior Coachline, Vogue Optical, Bell Aliant and Maritime Electric.
Paxton and her wonderful family travelled across PEI visiting schools during the annual Tim Horton’s Easter Seals School Tour – 65 schools from tip to tip! It was a record breaking year for fundraising by Island students and teaching staff. Paxton exclaims that she felt like a rock star and would do it again in a second!
The Easter Seals Campaign is a franchised project of the Charlottetown Rotary Club, and supported by Rotary Clubs in Summerside and Montague. A direct mail campaign, Tim Horton’s Ambassador’s School Tour, Jessie Hippenstall Penny Lady, Paper Egg campaign, Montague Variety Concert, Storm basketball game, PEI Rocket Toonie Toss, Easter Beef Show and Sale, Doolys Pool Tournament, Red Shore races and Ride for Charity, Gold Cup 5 k Trot, Montague Fireman and RCMP Charity Hockey Game, Airport Authority BBQ, North River Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Points East Coastal Drive Tulip Festival, PEILCC Golf Tournament and many other fundraising initiatives enable Easter Seals to help provide programs and equipment for people with disabilities on Prince Edward Island.
The PEI Easter Seals Society has provided financial assistance to support programs in PEI for the past 57 years. These programs include: Cerebral Palsy Association, Camp Gencheff, Stars for Life for Autism, PEI Rehabilitation Council, Joy Riders, CADS-PEI (disabled skiers association) and many other worthy organizations.