Safeway brings the "awesome" for Easter Seals kids

Justin Crann
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Shaylee Rosnes wouldn’t have discovered her favourite summer camp activity if it weren’t for Camp Easter Seal.

Moose Javians (left-right) Shaylee Rosnes, Calvin Schaaf and McKenzie Wood will be able to experience another year of summer camp with Camp Easter Seal thanks to the generous donations made by shoppers at Safeway grocery stores across the province. Safeway is offering five bonus air miles to a maximum of 20 for each $2 donation made until April 25. 

Rosnes, who is in Grade 11 and lives in Moose Jaw, has been attending Camp Easter Seal for the past five years. She lives with a physical disability and has to use a wheelchair, but that hasn’t held her — or any other Easter Seal kid — from having the experience of a lifetime.

“Camp is awesome,” Rosnes told the Times-Herald Saturday. “My favourite thing to do there, and they just started doing it a few years ago, is tubing. One of my counsellors actually fell out of a tube, but I managed to stay in somehow. That was awesome.”

But at the cost of $1,500 per kid, Camp Easter Seal wouldn’t be possible without financial support.

That’s where Safeway Canada has come in: every year, the grocery store chain puts on a fundraiser where customers are invited to donate to Easter Seals Canada.

This year, the campaign runs from April 11 to 25, and for every $2 donated, a customer receives five bonus Air Miles, up to a limit of 20 points per purchase.

“This cause is very near and dear to our heart,” said Jodi Coates, manager of the Moose Jaw Safeway, who also explained that each year, Safeway employees from across the province also volunteer their time with Easter Seals.

Recently, Safeway employees “built an accessible playground structure with the help of our customers’ donations,” she added.

For Coates, working with Easter Seals “is a lot of fun.”

For Rosnes, it has meant the world. “There’s a whole bunch of stuff I can do at Camp Easter Seal: arts and crafts, horseback riding, swimming — I could go on for a long time,” said Rosnes. “Easter Seals and Safeway really help me go to camp because there aren’t any other camps around that are accessible.”

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Organizations: Safeway Canada, Times-Herald, Air Miles

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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