POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The staff of WIAIH (The West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped) are still buzzing after having learned that a miraculous lottery result had earned the charity an unprecedented $ 206,000 windfall.

"Our management of Loto-Québec kiosks at Dorval, Côte des Neiges and Cavendish malls has provided a source of revenue to maintain our services since 1980," explains WIAIH's Executive Director, Natalie Chapman. "Loto-Québec pays a 1% commission on winning tickets - and our Cavendish kiosk sold a winning Lotomatique worth over $20,000,000!"

"This is a really unique event in our Association's history - it's the largest single chunk of revenue we've ever seen," Chapman continues. "We have been dreaming of making significant improvements to our adapted preschool, the Pat Roberts Developmental Centre in Ste-Geneviève - this unexpected bonanza enables us to begin real planning for upgrades which just last week weren't financially feasible!" The improvements to the building will also benefit WIAIH's largest service, recreation, so that the building can be used for multiple purposes to benefit hundreds of people.

WIAIH is thrilled to have this opportunity to grow, Chapman says, but its annual fundraising efforts must continue. "This money will not be applied to WIAIH's current annual operating budget of over one million dollars; it will be allocated to the long term development of the Association. The support of our community and donors is still essential to provide our day-to-day services."

WIAIH is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that works to increase opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism, strengthen their families and sensitize the community. Created in 1958 by concerned parents, WIAIH takes a leadership role in advocacy and provides programs designed to increase independence and empower over 800 people that depend on WIAIH annually.

For further information:

Natalie Chapman, 514-694-7090 ext. 11, e: