A partnership with the Prince Albert Raiders has raised more than $4,700 to help support programming for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region’s Autism Awareness Program.
Prince Albert Raiders’ General Manager Curtis Hunt presented a cheque for $3,720.29 to the health region’s staff members. This was the health region’s share of the proceeds from the auction of special jerseys wore at the game on March 4, 2017. When combined with the proceeds of a raffle of one of the special jerseys, the health region received more than $4,700 to support Autism Services programming.
“Our staff have talked about different ways to raise awareness about Autism and the services we have available to support clients and their families,” said Jennifer Suchorab, PAPHR’s Manager of Mental Health Outpatient Services. “We never thought of something like this partnership with the Raiders. It was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to help profile the work they do. The game and the special jersey were also an opportunity for some of our clients and families to have a fun evening where they could see how much support there is in our community.”
The Raiders wore a special jersey for their March 4th game in Prince Albert against the Kootenay ICE. The jersey incorporated the puzzle pieces that are often used to identify Autism programs and awareness activities.
“The Prince Albert Raiders were honoured to be a part of this partnership with PAPHR. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a person's ability to communicate and interact with others,” said Mike Svenson, Corporate Sales Manager, Prince Albert Raiders. “As it’s the fastest growing neurological disorder in Canada, we felt a need to recognize and create awareness to this lifelong spectrum disorder. My family is very familiar with ASD as our oldest boy, Tanner, was diagnosed Autistic at age six. It’s was a great night of hockey and education for our fans.”
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