For nearly 50 years the Lions Clubs across Ontario have supported the Rumball organization. The Camp in Parry Sound has been near and dear in the hearts of many Lions members. Each year clubs sponsor the registration for underprivileged kids and special needs adults to attend this unique one of a kind camp that is so vital to their development. Lions Clubs have also been a major contributors both financially and by volunteering their time for hands on service work. The kids touch our lives, they need a camp where they can communicate, we are proud that we help transform lives for many kids who have very little.
- Murry Truax
Elmvale Lions Club District A12,
Hearing and Speech Chair
I am often asked what prompted my donation to The Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf and my answer is quite simply because I believe in the organization and how it helps improve the lives of many Deaf people.
Growing up with Deaf parents taught me the value of diversity. I cherish the memory of my parents and they were an inspiration to all their three children. They left us with the motto “Give back to the world and do your best”. I am proud that in memory of my parents I am not giving back to support The Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf.
- Margaret D.
I have been giving to the Bob Rumball Foundation through the Deaf every month. The BRFD isn’t the ‘flashiest’ charity; but I choose to give to them because it is one of very few – and very effective – organizations existing in the Province working with a lesser known, underserviced part of society. I don’t know of any other organization that works to meet the special needs of Deaf people with varying disabilities from all walks of life. They focus on the long term, through many activities and programs to build the capacity of the people they work with. Such endeavors require long-term commitment, which I’ve seen firsthand by the passionate staff and volunteers at the Centre who function more like a larger family. Staff are wholeheartedly immersed with the people they work with on a day-to-day basis. The office is not separate from the residents making use of their services. Because of the essential services the Rumball provides, I have decided to give monthly.
- Diana Chang
Quota international District 18 clubs have been avid supporters of the Rumball Organization for over 50 years. Clubs have sent countless kids to camp, bought equipment for water activities and have supported other programs by collecting Campbell Soup labels. Most recently the Quota Club of Orillia co-hosted a golf tournament and raised $6,521.50 for the much needed water-park at the camp.
Over the years our relationship has grown and we are very proud to support such a worthy organization. Our association has been rewarding and mutually beneficial as we share the opportunities to build a better future for the deaf by helping them reach their potential.
It is our sincere hope that we will continue working together to improve and further our community service.
The Rumball organization exemplifies what can be achieved when everyone helps out in any way they can.
- Anne Ollikainen
Quota International District 18 Governor.
Three years ago, the TCC (Tenant Coordination of Canada) committed to look for a charity to sponsor. The criteria was that the charity not have a huge administration cost, but give the majority to charitable purposes.
After reviewing a few charities that did not meet this criteria, it was brought to our attention that the Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf should be considered. After touring the facility on Bayview and speaking with the Director it became very apparent this was the charity that TCC would support. The work that they do truly makes a different for Deaf in need of support.
We look forward to our continued relationship with the Rumball organization with pride and pleasure.
- Bevin Wellwood and Pat Corvetti,
Tenant Coordination of Canada