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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.

Nurturing the lives and dreams of children: Office Challenge



As a part of our Radiothon and efforts to make this fundraiser a community success we have issued an office challenge. Proceeds from the Little Dreams, Big Dreams fundraiser will go towards the Fresh Air Fund that sends children in our communities to camp and helps them participate in recreational activities. Proceeds will also go towards bursaries for youth in CASHN care and one community youth interested in a career in Social Work or a similar field.

The contest rules are simple:

  1. We are asking each office to make a donation to Little Dreams, Big Dreams/Fresh Air Fund. How much you give is entirely up to you.
  2. If you are not in a position to make a donation we ask that you request a Radiothon poster and display it in your place of business to help us promote this important event. You will then become eligible for the grand prize draw.
  3. If you wish to make a pledge please call locally: (519) 587-5437 or long distance: 1-888-CAS-KIDS. You can also email your pledge to littledreamsbigdreams@cashn.on.ca. Please include the name of a contact person, business name and type, phone number and address and the amount you are pledging.
  4. All information collected from contestants will be used for internal purposes only. The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk will not sell or otherwise disclose to third parties any personal Information that it has obtained from this contest.
  5. In order to be eligible for prize draws, your donations or emails must be received by 4:00 pm on April 27, 2009. However, you do not have to make a donation to be eligible for the grand prize, simply email us to let us know that you have displayed our poster.
  6. The winner will be chosen by random draw on April 28, 2009 and announced on the day of the Radiothon.
  7. The Grand prize will consist of an advertising package for your business that will include one month of advertising from Moose FM, 92.9 in Caledonia, it was also include a full colour ad from the Simcoe Reformer and a black and white newspaper ad from the Regional News This Week in Haldimand County. The Grand Prize Winner will further win a weekend car rental from Enterprise car rentals and an office pizza lunch from Boston Pizza.
  8. The prizes as described are subject to the rules and requirements of the prize sponsors. Any advertisements would have to adhere to journalistic standards and rules prescribed by the respective radio and newspaper prize sponsors. Prizes from Boston Pizza and Enterprise Car Rentals would be subject to their internal business and promotional policies and rules.
  9. The second prize winner will win an office pizza lunch from Boston Pizza.
  10. Your donations can be sent to: Little Dreams, Big Dreams
    The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk
    70 Town Centre Drive, Townsend, Ontario, N0A 1S0
    Fax: (519) 587-3627
  11. Once again, you can also email your pledges to littledreamsbigdreams@cashn.on.ca prior to May 1. On the day of the Radiothon please call Moose FM 92.9 in Caledonia toll free at 1-866-477-1089 or locally at 289-284-1070.
  12. Please include the name of your business or organization, the name of a contact person, the nature of your business and a phone number with your donation.
  13. The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk reserves the right to be the final arbitrator in any dispute that may arise as a result of this contest.
  14. The prize winners will be announced on air and interviewed live on the day of the Radiothon, May 1, 2009. Prize winners will also appear in the Simcoe Reformer or the Regional News this Week.
  15. Listen to 92.9 Moose FM on May 1, 2009 between 6 am to 6 pm for a chance to win individual prizes from Etnies, Bell and more. You can also listen online at: www.moosefm.com/ckjn1/

For further information on the contest or details contact Igor Bubic, Public Relations Coordinator of CASHN at 1-888-CAS-KIDS (ext 239) or locally at (519) 587-5437 (ext 239).

Radiothon: Broadcasting live from Zehrs in Caledonia

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Listen to the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk’s, “Little Dreams, Big Dreams” Radiothon on May 1, 2009. You can hear it on Moose FM 92.9 in Caledonia or streaming live through their public website at www.moosefm.com/ckjn/

The Morning Show crew with John Hardy will be hosting the entire 12 hour event from the Zehrs parking lot in Caledonia starting at 6 am. They will be joined by Bell, Harmony Square who will handing out prizes and goodies.

Our hope is that the “Little Dreams, Big Dreams Radiothon” will raise raise money for our Fresh Air Fund which helps children from our community go to camp and participate in recreational activities. Janice Robinson, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wants to highlight that, “the Fresh Air Fund also helps children in the community that are not CAS clients”.

The Society is also fundraising to establish bursaries that will help youth in our care obtain an ongoing education such as college, university or trade school. In addition, Haldimand and Norfolk CAS is also creating a new bursary, eligible to youth in the community not involved with the Society that are seeking an ongoing education in social work or a related field.

We have also set up challenges where Haldimand and Norfolk classrooms and offices can compete to win various prizes. Classrooms can win a pizza lunch provided by our sponsor, Boston Pizza in Simcoe. The winning office will receive a grand prize advertising and promotional package with an estimated value of more than $3,000.00 in radio spots, print advertising and more.

On the day of the Radiothon Harmony Square Bell and Etnies skateboards and apparel have donated individual prizes to radio listeners.

CASHN recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of our youth and providing them with every available opportunity to obtain the necessary skills to be successful in whatever they choose to do.

The emotional and financial support to those youth still in school or training programs is imperative to their continued success. The transition to independent living and moving into post secondary schooling is very challenging and a time when children often look to their parents for support and guidance.

Our youth have recognized the importance of our Society’s continued support and as a result feel valued and cared for. The number of youth that we have currently registered in post secondary schooling has increased over the last three years. This is a reflection of our commitment to meeting our children’s needs, our work to improve outcomes for children in care and a reflection of the importance we place on education as a part of our children’s lives.

Together, we are a community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children.

For further information or those interested in donating money or competing in the fundraising challenge can phone 1-888-CAS-KIDS before May 1. On the day of the Radiothon, those interested in making a donation can call Moose FM at (289) 284-1070 locally in Caledonia or long distance at (866) 477-1089.

The Children’s Aid Society would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support in this campaign.

Many thanks to: Etnies/Faction Sales, Scotiabank Caledonia, Boston Pizza Simcoe, Enterprise Car Rentals and Bell Harmony Square Brantford.


Christmas Wishes


On November 17, 2008, the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk kicks off it’s Christmas Wishes campaign with the assistance and support of CD 98.9 FM and Aitken Motors in Simcoe. Embrace the spirit of Christmas by helping a child in your community this year.

Here’s how you can help:

During the months of November and December, listen to CD 98.9, who will be announcing the Christmas wishes of disadvantaged children from Haldimand and Norfolk. If you are interested in pledging a gift you heard about on air, contact the station.

It has been recommended that gift donations do not exceed $50.00. Gifts can be dropped off at Aitken Motors at 51 Queensway East, Simcoe, Ontario.

Since the beginning of the Christmas Wishes program, the Children’s Society of Haldimand and Norfolk and it’s partners, CD 98.9 and Aitken Motors have made the Christmas wishes of over 200 children come true each year in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. 

We would like to thank the genorosity of all those that have helped in the past and encourage you to help a child and family experience a happy holiday this year.

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