The 10th annual BIST/OBIA (Brain Injury Society of Toronto/Ontario Brain Injury Association) Mix and Mingle held this past Wednesday June 11th, was bigger and better than ever. For the third year in a row, Aim2Walk was there giving free massages to those in attendance supporting the fundraiser. This year, we were working non stop giving massages well past 10PM while we enjoyed a cool breeze (the past two years it was sweaty hot, so the breeze was a nice treat), live music, delicious snacks and a few Steam Whistle beverages throughout the night.
With 600 people, the event was a success raising nearly $150,000 (this number has not yet been finalized however once everything is added up I was told it will be close to this estimation). The event was a great way to network as well as raise the necessary funds to help support the two organizations and the programs which help support individuals with brain injuries in Toronto. Here are some of the programs for which the funds will help:
- Providing compassionate, personal advocacy and support services to individuals living with acquired brain injury and their families.
- A coordinated voice for our province-wide ABI network and professional and family caregivers on issues impacting the industry.
- Peer Support Program – connecting individuals who are “veterans” of a life experience involving ABI (the “Mentor”) with “Partners” coping with a similar ABI-related situation.
- Caregiver workshops and monthly community meetings for members and their families.
- Certificate Training Programs, providing education to professionals working in home and community-based rehabilitation programs.
- Raising awareness of the prevalence and issues related to ABI, and working to eliminate the stigma of acquired brain injury, with the ultimate goal of saving lives and preventing life altering brain injuries.
This year, because I’m now the social media director of Aim2Walk, I had Jesse make a poster so everyone would join our network and follow me. Take a look at my fancy poster (and don’t forget to add me to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and check out our blog and Youtube).
Thanks to OBIA and BIST for another successful event, I always enjoy having a good reason to get dressed up and to support a great organization.
Michelle Wolfe, RMT