International Day Event 3rd December 2016
On Saturday 3rd December EDA’s staff team, volunteers and supporters gathered in Edmonton Green to brave the cold weather and celebrate the UN’s I, . The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and gain support for the rights, dignity, equity and wellbeing of disabled people. This year there was a specific emphasis on laying foundations for greater inclusion and the removal of barriers including those in the physical environment, information and communication and of course barriers raised by societies attitudes.
The event was designed not only to raise awareness of disabled people’s issues but also to showcase EDA’s services and fundraise for much needed services. The day was extremely successful with information, advice and advocacy support available in a number of areas and formats. Specialist advisors were on hand to answer individual queries and offer ongoing support if required.
A special thank you needs to be extended to Kate Osamor MP for Edmonton for formally opening the event alongside the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Bernie Lappage, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Doug Taylor and Councillor Patricia Ekechi for their support on the day, eloquent words and understanding of the issues discussed with them.
The event as mentioned was also a fundraising day and a huge thank you must go to Santander Fore Street branch for sponsoring the event and also for their support on the day. Without Santander’s contribution we would not have been able to raise the amount we did. We had a number of stalls and games to play to enhance the day and support our fundraising endeavours, I am delighted to say we have so far raised over £650 and this figure is still growing. The funds will contribute to help us to continue to run valuable services that we do not receive formal funding to provide. This includes our Hand in Hand Social group, Cancerlife Self Support Group, Peer Advocacy, Community legal services and of course the shortfalls in funding that have impacted on EDA in recent years.
Thanks must also go to ASDA and St Modwens for their support alongside the other local and national businesses that helped by donating to our very popular winter raffle. The day was extremely successful and we were amazed by the number of people who stopped to say hello and lend their support. EDA will be planning further events such as these in the future all of which will be advertised in EDA’s newsletter and on our Website and Facebook pages.
Lastly I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all the staff, volunteers and EDA’s supporters who gave up their time. Without you this important event would not have been the success that it was and I can’t thank everyone enough for all their support, hard work and commitment.