ONPARA Launches 2020 GivingTuesday Campaign

Give the gift of sport & recreation by supporting our ‘Bridging the Gap’ program this GivingTuesday

The giving season is upon us, and this year, charities, not-for-profits, and community organizations around the world need your support more than ever. ONPARA will be participating for its second consecutive year in GivingTuesday – a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday.

This GivingTuesday, the Ontario Para Network is continuing to provide sport opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities through ‘Bridging the Gap’, our flagship awareness, outreach, and first-involvement program.

We, along with many other sport and community organizations, have experienced the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic first-hand. As in-person sport & recreation programs and events have been put on hold indefinitely, we have had to refocus and reimagine our various initiatives by creating digital content and shifting to a virtual format in order to continue providing important outreach programming within the rehabilitation, health, education, and sport sectors.

Support for ‘Bridging the Gap’ will allow us to continue introducing people with disabilities to adaptive sport while ensuring they have a positive first experience. GivingTuesday donations will help us to provide affordable equipment loans, virtual education sessions, and peer mentorship, while helping us maintain our inventory of specialized equipment for use within the community.

Since 2013, GivingTuesday has united millions of Canadians to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. So far more than 7,500 Canadian charities, businesses and community groups have used GivingTuesday to rally generosity and help make the world a better place in countless ways. Around the globe there are official GivingTuesday movements in over 70 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Help us celebrate GivingTuesday this year by supporting the Bridging the Gap program and making a difference in the lives of people with physical disabilities. Find out more by visiting https://givingtuesday.ca/partners/ontario-para-network

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. https://givingtuesday.ca/

About the Ontario Para Network

Formerly known as the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, our mission at the Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) is to grow adaptive sport opportunities across Ontario. As the governing body for wheelchair sports in the province, we strive to offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in wheelchair athletics, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis at recreational, competitive and high performance levels.