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As part of a holiday edition “Breakfast with Derringer” event, Q107’s John Derringer, morning host at Toronto’s legendary classic rock radio station announced the final results in his 2004 13 Days of Christmas campaign in support of The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness and The Martin Kruze Memorial Fund.
In just 13 Days, Q107 listeners granted 56 Christmas dreams for deserving children in Toronto and raised over $ 461,000.00.
“Once again, we’re astounded by the generosity of Q107 listeners” said Derringer. “ Almost half a million dollars is a truly amazing result. We thank all the businesses, organizations and individuals who stepped up and contributed to our 2004 campaign. This will not only help to bring some happiness to many young people who have suffered unspeakable abuse in their formative years but also will help to provide year round assistance to the prevention and victim support programs that are the cornerstones to The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness and The Martin Kruze Memorial fund.”
Derringers 13 Days of Christmas featured John Derringer reading real life stories on-air, each highlighting a Christmas dream from a deserving child who had suffered from some form of serious abuse. Q107 listeners were then asked to call a toll free line to help Derringer raise enough funds to grant each child’s Christmas dream.
Throughout the campaign, Individuals and corporations responded with cash donations and gifts like bikes, toys, hockey equipment, clothing computers and many other items that went towards granting these dreams.
The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness advocates for victims of childhood abuse and provides assistance to survivors and support agencies. Their mandate is to lobby for policy reform that will lead to better public safety and reduce the likelihood of others being victimized. The organization provides child abuse prevention programs, child identification and education tools for children and their parents. In addition, they assist in granting dreams for abused and neglected children and women in shelters in conjunction with this annual Q107 initiative.
Earlier this year, The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness delivered a national report and recommendation for policy reform to members of parliament. This report was the result of round table discussions with those who protect the safety of children; victims of crime; survivors; front-line criminal justice professionals; community groups; city representatives; and provincial politicians.
This public document can be viewed at http://www.abuserecovery.net/.
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