Approximately $2,642 was raised this weekend at the 13th Annual Loonie Auction put on at the AiMHi gym.
All proceeds of the event went to the Handy Circle Resource Society in support of people with disabilities. Each person bought a ticket for one dollar and put it towards the prize of their choice in hopes of it being drawn on Sunday. All of the prizes were donated by an individual or local business.
What started out as just a couple of small prizes in 2003 has now turned into a display of more than 230 prize packages. Carol Bobb organized started the event after being inspired by a similar event she noticed in the United States. “This is Handy Circle’s biggest fundraiser and it’s getting bigger and bigger every year,” Bobb said.
Bobb has been in a wheelchair for 18 years. She says fundraisers like this have put the wheels in motion to provide accessibility for disabled persons. “It keeps the Handy Circle doors open and they’re a place anyone with a disability can go and get help with, everything from taxes to filling out paperwork, to getting businesses to be wheelchair accessible.”
For others like Ken Biron, the Handy Circle Resource Society has been a saving grace. “When I first came to them I was pretty mentally unstable,” he said. “Since then, I’ve had jobs and kept jobs and they’ve encouraged me and basically showed me what I’m worth and they do it for a lot of the community.”