On Friday June 15th, 2018 Lumacare celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with its 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Walk presented by Spectrum Health Care Foundation. Together we raised over $10,000 to support Lumacare’s elder abuse work.
Lumacare was excited to welcome over 140 participants! Walkers and supporters included Lumacare Clients, staff, volunteers, several board members, BMO volunteers and community members.
The panel engaged our clients and participants in discussion on how to promote dignity and respect for older adults. After an informational discussion, the panel then opened the floor to questions and shared information about abuse and neglect and promoted the resources and services that increase seniors’ safety and well-being. Panel participants included: Erin Mackenzie – Estate Protect Services Inc., Martin Franssen, Durham Regional Police Services, Debra Rodrigues, PCCS Mediation & Counselling, Omolayo Idowu, and Toronto Public Health.
Prior to the walk, Susan Doyle, Executive Director of Lumacare expressed her gratitude for Spectrum Health Care Foundation’s support of the Elder Abuse Awareness Walk. “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Spectrum Health Care Foundation for their title sponsorship and coming out today and supporting the event and our community”. Spectrum Health Care Foundation takes on the responsibility of making a difference in people’s lives, and they do that not only through providing quality health care services, but also by giving back to communities.
The awareness walk, led by Susan Doyle and City of Toronto Councillor Maria Augimeri was a great success. The participants were welcomed by the community along Sheppard Avenue in Toronto by friendly waves, honks, and cheering.
Team ADP, with captains Taylor Askew & Shayna Pilc is recognized as the highest fundraising team and a remarkable $130.00. The top fundraiser was Joanna Burke, raising $625 in honour of Nana Matilda Bigio. To see all our fundraising teams and to make a donation please visit our 7th Annual Elder Abuse Awareness site: https://bit.ly/2yv8vgZ
Our community booth featured organization such as Chartwell Lansing Retirement Residence, Deerwood Creek Care Community, Durham Region Police, Estate Protect, HME Mobility, North York Elder Abuse Network and York Region Police.
We welcome feedback from our clients, community members, and staff as we plan our 8th Annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on June 15, 2019.
Browse the photo album on Facebook here.
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