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Car raffle to help keep autism programs running

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:27 PDT, Tue September 29, 2020

Last Updated: 10:28 PDT, Tue September 29, 2020

A provincial autism charity is getting a special boost during uncertain funding times with the help of car raffle.

The third annual AutismBC raffle gives British Columbians a chance to purchase a ticket to win a car, with proceeds supporting AutismBC programs across the province. The organization’s long-time supporter Applewood Auto Group donated the raffle grand prize of a new Nissan Kicks SV.

“Who wouldn’t want to win a car right now?” says Julia Boyle, executive director of AutismBC. “It’s an easy and fun way to support a local charity during these difficult times. We’re about 50 per cent sold-out. The draw takes place on Oct. 25 at 8:30 p.m. during the 2020 BC Autism Awards online show, so we’re urging everyone to get their tickets soon for a chance to win.” 

Today, one in every 40 children in British Columbia is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It is estimated that there are approximately 60,000 adult community members on the autism spectrum across the province. AutismBC has been supporting people on the autism spectrum and their families since 1975 with information, workshops, social connections and support from regional resource teams with lived experience in autism. As diagnosis rates continue to increase, AutismBC is also seeing an increase in the number of adults seeking information about adult diagnosis, and support in navigating the limited services available.  Like other charities, since the pandemic they have had to pivot their fundraising activities to fund their programming.

“Over 6,000 people in the autism community depended on AutismBC last year for support,” says Boyle, “This raffle will help raise the critical funds our organization needs to continue to support the autism community in BC through these tough times. We are so grateful to Applewood Auto Group for donating this awesome prize this year with the fundraising challenges we have been facing with COVID-19. “

Tickets are $20 each, and there are also second and third prizes sponsored by London Drugs and Westminster Savings Credit Union. There is also a 50/50 draw with tickets available for $10. Tickets are available at www.autismbc.ca/raffle. For more information about AutismBC visit www.autismbc.ca.

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