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Gift of Speech holiday appeal raises more than $30,000

Reach is incredibly grateful to all holiday campaign Gift of Speech donors
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A Reach Speech Language Pathologist with a youngster in a recent speech therapy session.

Many children have speech deficits that can limit their future and it is critical to provide support as early as possible.

Reach Child and Youth Development Society (Reach) fundraised for speech therapy sessions to support children with complex development needs in the 2021 Gift of Speech campaign that concluded in early January.

A stunning $32,030 was raised from generous businesses and individuals in our community. This year Reach had superhero support from Warner Bros. Superman and Lois that films in Ladner. In addition, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, and Fraserway RV each made significant contributions to t REACH speech therapy services.

“Early Intervention speech therapy helps children reach their potential in life,” said Reach Therapies Manager Katie Scozzafava. “There is a window of opportunity where help makes the biggest difference and the funds received remove children from the wait list to get that help.”

Speech Language Pathologists provide 1:1 weekly sessions with children including using augmentative tools like iPads that help children communicate for the first time.

Reach is incredibly grateful to all holiday campaign Gift of Speech donors who have helped parents who worried that their child may never be able to communicate with them.