Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society Hosts 42nd Annual Share a Smile Telethon – Okanagan

The Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society’s Child and Youth Development Center held its 42nd annual Share a Smile Telethon on Sunday. This is the biggest fundraising event for the center and last year it raised over $ 100,000.

OSNS sees nearly 1,600 children per year and offers a range of programs to help children with developmental delays.

“We are an early intervention center as well as a daycare and nursery school,” said Emma Hanes, speech therapist at OSNS.

“We have several different disciplines under one roof. I am part of the speech therapy service. We also have occupational therapy and physiotherapy and family support services.

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The money raised through the telethon will help support OSNS programs and ensure that more families can access the services they need.

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“The government plays an important role in funding the center, but there is an annual deficit that we have to cover,” said Megan Windeler, OSNS Philanthropy Associate.

“That’s why we organize these fundraisers. They are essential to ensure that we can continue the important work that we are doing. “

The fundraiser normally takes place at the Cherry Lane Mall, but was broadcast by OSNS this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Performances included local artists Beamer Wigley and Kristi Neumann, as well as the Oliver School Choir and the Okanagan School of Dance.

The Telethon runs until 7 p.m. and donations are accepted online at osns.org or by phone.

Click to play the video: “OSNS Legacy Foundation Launches With $ 250,000 Pledge;  Penticton '

Launch of the OSNS Legacy Foundation with a pledge of $ 250,000; Penticton

Launch of the OSNS Legacy Foundation with a pledge of $ 250,000; Penticton

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