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Second Annual Radiothon on May 28th



 The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk (CASHN) is preparing for the second annual Radiothon and is seeking support from local businesses, organizations and the public.

The “Little Dreams, Big Dreams Radiothon” was created to raise money for the Fresh Air Fund which helps children from our communities attend camp and participate in recreational activities.

The Society is also fundraising to help community youth and youth transitioning from the Society’s care by providing bursaries to support post-secondary education at college, university or trade schools. The Society will provide a $1,000 bursary to a student from Haldimand County and a $1,000 bursary to a student from Norfolk County who plan to pursue post secondary education in social work or a related field. Such programs may include a Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Child and Youth Worker Diploma, or Social Service Worker Diploma.

The Little Dreams, Big Dreams Radiothon will be hosted by Moose FM 92.9 and transmitted live in studio and from the Caledonia Zehr’s parking lot on May 28, 2010 for a 12 hour period. The event begins during Moose FM’s morning show hosted by John Hardy at 6 a.m. Throughout the day, audiences will hear live and pre-recorded interviews with youth, staff and foster parents. The Radiothon will also feature information about The Children’s Aid Society’s programs and services and the community Fresh Air Fund.

The Society is hoping to augment this event with fundraising challenges where school classrooms and businesses can compete to win various prizes. Last year several classrooms won pizza parties courtesy of Boston Pizza. We also awarded a grand prize to business which included a promotional package worth more than $3,000.00 in radio spots, print advertising and media support. Similar prizes will be offered to businesses and organizations in 2010.

Scotiabank in Caledonia has made a commitment to match up to $5,000.00 in donations again this year. In 2009, the Radiothon raised $12,737.58. This year’s target is $20,000.00, which we hope to obtain through the renewal of last year’s sponsors and the acquisition of new sponsors this year. All money raised goes directly to children and youth.

You can also help the Society by requesting a donation collection box for your business or office. Donations will be collected prior to May 28, 2010, or you may wish to make your donation on the air during the Radiothon.

Businesses can also support the Radiothon by donating prizes to be given to radio listeners on the day of the event.

If you are interested in becoming a radio sponsor, Moose FM 92.9 in Caledonia is offering special radio packages and is seeking twelve primary sponsors for each hour of the Radiothon. Each sponsor will receive four radio ads and a live interview in their allotted time. The cost for each hour is $500.00.

Due to overwhelming interest from businesses last year, Moose FM 92.9 will be offering secondary sponsor advertising spots that will consist of four radio ads, but will not include an on air interview at a lower cost.

One hundred percent of sponsor revenue will be donated by Moose FM 92.9 to The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk during the Radiothon. For further information regarding radio sponsorship, please contact Nancy Brown Dacko, Vice President and General Manager of Moose FM 92.9 at (298) 284-1070 (ext. 1040).

The Society is also offering select businesses the opportunity to set up their promotional tents in the Zehr’s parking lot free of charge. In return, we ask that businesses help us fund raise during the day through collection boxes, or by donating a percentage of sales proceeds to the Radiothon fundraiser.

You can belong to a community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children.

For further information about how to donate money or compete in our fundraising challenge, please contact:

Igor Bubic
Public Relations Coordinator
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk
(519) 587-5437 or 1-888-CAS-KIDS, extension 239

Walmart Angel Tree a symbol of caring


Back in November when the Little Dreams, Big Dreams Angel Tree was set up in the lobby of Walmart in Simcoe no one was really sure how the community would respond.

The Angel Tree provided an opportunity for the community to give Christmas presents to children in need from the area. It has evolved into a symbol of commitment from the community to care for those in need. Pinned to the tree’s branches, dozens of tags listing the ages and genders of children were selected one by one.

“I never expected anything like this, it is remarkable,” stated Cathy, a Walmart employee who observed in-store purchases accumulate to a donation of over 200 toys. The gifts were collected by the Society and distributed to children and youth in need in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties.

The Society would like to extend our appreciation to the staff and management at Walmart for helping children in need this Christmas. The greatest thanks are owed to all of those in our communities who have demonstrated unparalleled compassion and generosity.

Norfolk OPP helping children and families at Christmas


The Norfolk detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police in Simcoe, have a long history of helping the community through their roles as police officers and through charity and goodwill.

As in the past, Norfolk OPP once again put smiles on the faces of children this Christmas by purchasing dozens of toys and delivering them to The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk.

Constable Teresa Ollen-Bittle reported that helping children is particularly important to the OPP, “We have been supporting children in care of the Society for several years now through Christmas gift donations by individual officers as well as donations from associated friends and family members.”

The Society would like to acknowledge the efforts and commitments of our police officers to our communities and our children. We would further wish to extend our thanks to the individual officers and their families who donated gifts in the form of new toys, clothing or gift cards for food to children and families in need this Christmas.

Help at Christmas availble through community services


The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk’s community partners are offering assistance to those in our communities facing hardship this Christmas. If you are in need of assistance, please see the list of some community supports that are available below:

1. Every winter, the St. Vincent de Paul Society operates a soup kitchen upstairs at the Knights of Columbus hall.  The address is 43 Kent Street South in Simcoe. A full hot meal is offered on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

2. Christmas dinner is being offered by Evergreen Heights Church at Hambleton Hall, located at 204 John Street in Simcoe on Christmas day from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for those needing a place to go that day.  The event is free and wheelchair accessible.  For more information contact the Evergreen Heights Church at 519-428-0960.

3. The Norfolk Christmas Exchange, through their volunteer team will be taking community applications for Christmas food and toys assistance at the Town Centre Mall, located at 150 West Street in Simcoe.

Application times are:

Monday to Friday, daily from December 7th to December 18th at the times of 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Applicants are asked to bring ID for each household member and proof of income(s) and expenses.  If you require this service but are unable to attend to make an application in person due to special circumstances you may call 519-426-7890 to make alternate arrangements.

CAS Angel Tree in Walmart Simcoe


The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is working hard to improve the lives and dreams of children and youth in our communities this Christmas and throughout the year.

Through a new partnership with Walmart we have created the Little Dreams, Big Dreams Angel Tree program which would provide Christmas gifts to children and youth in care as well as disadvantaged children and youth in our communities.

As a result of this program and others offered by the Society, you can belong to a community that cares about the well-being of children.

Helping is easy. Just visit the Walmart store in Simcoe, take a tag from the Angel Tree inside the front entrance and purchase a gift in the store.

Please contact us if you wish to help out children or families this Christmas or year round at 1-888-227-5437 or locally at 519-587-5437.

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