WINNIPEG, Oct. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The SSCY Centre, a centralized care facility comprised of an alliance of integrated service providers for children and youth living with disabilities or special needs announced the launch of the Design a Smile campaign today.
Manitoba schools are invited and encouraged to participate in this campaign, in which 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to completing the SSCY Centre. It's the very first of its kind in Canada and is located right here in Winnipeg.
The centre will be located in the historic Christie Building at the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Myrtle Street, conveniently close to the Children's Hospital and near major traffic routes – easy access for the many families, children and youth coming from outside of Winnipeg. Imagine a centre that is not only a one-stop shop with multiple services under one roof, but a place that makes raising a child with special needs a little easier.
The Design A Smile campaign is possible thanks to a generous gift from Enns Brothers. School teams and individuals from K-12 are encouraged to use their imaginations to design an artistic smile – anything is possible. Smiles can be created from food items or recycled material arranged into a smiley face. Students can even organize themselves in an aerial photo.
"This is a great way for even the smallest children to get involved in helping others and support a wonderful cause. Encourage your schools to participate – it's a creative and easy means for kids to help kids," says Ray Bouchard at Enns Brothers. The winning class, group or team will receive a special delivery from Boston Pizza Winnipeg, a proud supporter of the Design a Smile campaign. Other generous members of the community supporting the campaign include: Gerry and Barbara Price, The Winnipeg Jets, The Chipman Family, Hilary Druxman, Qualico, Amadeus Steen Foundation, The Thomas Sill Foundation and The Johnston Group. They have joined forces with SSCY in recent months to raise substantial funds for the centre.
"By working together, we know children and youth living with a disability or special needs will greatly benefit. Our commitment to the children and youth of SSCY is to raise $5 million from individuals, corporations and businesses in our community to provide enhancements not included in the government's generous contribution to this project. These enhancements include play structures and equipment, family resource centre, daycare centre and much more," says Bob Adkins, campaign co-chair of the SSCY Centre fundraising campaign.
Specialized Services for Children + Youth (SSCY) is an initiative focused on the integration and where possible, co-location, of services for Manitoba children and youth with disabilities and special needs. The initiative addresses the many recommendations made over the past decade to improve the coordination and integration of services for children and families.
SOURCE: The SSCY (Specialized Services for Children and Youth) Centre
For further information: For more information regarding the SSCY Centre and Design a Smile, contact Nicole LaTourelle at 204 799-7670, check out http://designasmile.sscy.ca or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sscycentre