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District 34 donates wheelchair to increase church access

Jun 29, 2022

Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Richmond Hill will enhance its accessibility thanks to a $2,500 grant from District 34 York Region of RTOERO. The funding will go towards a power wheelchair, allowing more people to participate in church activities.

The District 34 funding is part of RTOERO’s annual Community Grants program. Districts apply for individual projects (education-related or other community initiatives) that support local programs. Up to $2,500 per project is available.

Since 1968, RTOERO has been a voice for those who work in and retire from the education sector. Our mission is to improve the lives of our members and seniors.

“Mobility issues shouldn’t prevent people from taking part in community life. The power wheelchair will be available upon request, opening up opportunities for people who have challenges getting around,” Jose Fernandes, president, District 34 York Region

Each year, a committee of RTOERO members assesses the merits of each grant submission. For 2021, RTOERO funded 31 projects for a total of $79,885. Since the inception of the Community Grants program 21 years ago, RTOERO has donated $1.85 million to more than 525 programs and projects.