South Cen­tral ECIP hosts an­nual Hal­loween Bash

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The South-Cen­tral Early Child­hood In­ter­ven­tion Pro­gram (ECIP) will be host­ing its 7th an­nual Hal­loween Bash on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

The pop­u­lar, highly an­tic­i­pated SPOOKTACULAR event will be held at the Ma­sonic Tem­ple at 1755 Main St. N. Moose Jaw. The Hal­loween Bash is an ADULTS ONLY event which sees ECIP fundrais­ing to support its pro­gram­ing for chil­dren and fam­i­lies they work with. Doors to this event will open at 8pm. Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at South Cen­tral ECIP, Nancy Rosnes says their pro­gram­ing reaches a large geographic and there is a need to fundraise to ac­quire some re­sources needed to carry out their pro­gram­ing. “The ECIP are a net­work of pro­grams across Saskatchewan. There are four dif­fer­ent pro­grams across the prov­ince and we work with chil­dren from birth to school age—about 0-6; chil­dren that have a de­lay in de­vel­op­ment, whereas they’ve not quiet reached their de­vel­op­men­tal mile­stones or they have a di­ag­nosed de­lay or a risk for de­lay,” Rosnes ex­plained. “We go into the homes and we work with the fam­ily and child to reach their goals. We work with a wide range of chil­dren from really mild de­lays to chil­dren that have mul­ti­ple de­lays; cog­ni­tive, phys­i­cal and med­i­cally frag­ile.”

Rosnes says while ECIP pro­grams are funded through the gov­ern­ment to cover op­er­a­tional costs, they have to fundraise through­out the year for re­sources needed for pro­gram­ming. Some of th­ese re­sources in­clude equip­ment, ed­u­ca­tional toys and re­source ma­te­ri­als used in the pro­gram­ming and ser­vice it pro­vides to fam­i­lies. “All the ECIP pro­grams are non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. We re­ceive our fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment through the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, the grant that we re­ceive cov­ers op­er­a­tional ex­penses such as rent, bills and staff wages. Any­thing else that we re­quire for the pro­gram, for exam- ple, we work with a lot of toys re­sources spe­cial­ized ther­apy prod­ucts, we have to fundraise for all those kinds of re­sources. We have a work ve­hi­cle to get back and forth be­cause we serve a lot of the ru­ral ar­eas—south cen­tral, where we use some of our grant money to also support. We have a sec­ond ve­hi­cle where we have to fundraise to cover the ex­penses that this re­quires. So, we do a lot of fundrais­ing, not only for the pro­gram for the re­sources we need but also to get our name out there to let peo­ple know about ECIP in the area, what we do and that we’re here to help.”

As a re­sult, ECIP is stag­ing its an­nual Hal­loween Bash and are look­ing to raise $5000. Rosnes says lo­cal busi­nesses can also join in to spon­sor the event or do­nate door prizes. “One of our big­gest fundrais­ers that we do ev­ery year is our Hal­loween Bash. This is our 7th an­nual stag­ing which is an ADULTS ONLY party. We have a theme ev­ery year where we trans­form the in­side of the space we rent into that year’s theme. This year’s theme is “CarnEViL”. We in­vite peo­ple to dress up and come out to have a great time!”

The Hal­loween Bash will fea­ture a mid­night lunch, DJ, door and cos­tume prizes, danc­ing and a draw for a pro­gres­sive 50/50 raf­fle. Tick­ets are $25 in ad­vance and can be pur­chased by call­ing the ECIP of­fice at 306-692-2616 or Nancy at 306-630-5892. Tick­ets will be $30 at the door. You can also keep an eye on ECIP’s Face­book page for ex­cit­ing news about the Hal­loween Bash. For more in­for­ma­tion on ECIP or the Hal­loween Bash, you can also call 306-692-2616.

For the past 35 years, South Cen­tral ECIP has helped hun­dreds of chil­dren with spe­cial needs reach their de­vel­op­men­tal mile­stones and in­di­vid­ual goals as well as pro­vide support with tran­si­tions into school, re­fer­rals to other agen­cies and more. It pro­vides fam­ily fo­cused, home based ser­vices to fam­i­lies in Moose Jaw.

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