The community is invited to get down and dirty as self-advocates in the community clean cars for a cause.
The South Region Self Advocacy Network (SRSAN) will be hosting its annual Car Wash Fundraiser July 8.
SRSAN is a group of more than 100 people with and without disabilities. Their mission is to teach people with disabilities to advocate for themselves and others. The event will be hosted in partnership with the Southern Alberta Individualized Planning Association (SAIPA), which provides resources and support to SRSAN while also offering advocacy and life skills training.
“SRSAN has been a force in the community for the past 15 years,” says SAIPA executive director, Sharon Rempel. “They are a shining example of the meaningful change that can occur when people with and without disabilities unite to promote equality.”
Citizens are invited to bring their vehicles to Southview Gas King (2610, 16th Avenue South) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $5, SRSAN will ensure even the dirtiest vehicles shine.
All proceeds will go toward planning the 11th Self-Advocacy Conference, scheduled for 2018. Since 2002, self-advocates have planned and hosted conferences which centred on various themes, including creating connections in the community and gaining skills to deal with every-day life. Attendance to the conference has grown steadily over the past decade, with more than 100 people taking part in 2015.
“The conference is a great way for self-advocates to come together and learn from each other,” says Melodie Scout, SRSAN’s Chairperson. “Fundraisers like the Car Wash will help us make the next conference bigger and better. Self-advocates love to be a part of the community. We hope the Car Wash will bring the community to us, too.”
For more information, please contact:
Advocacy Co-ordinator, SAIPA