Over 20 years ago, I found myself in the basement of a house on Isabella Street in downtown Toronto, handwriting receipts for donations given to a fairly new project called Casey House Hospice . I guess you could call it survivor guilt but by the mid to late 80’s I had a lot of friends who had been lost to HIV/AIDS. I became involved in fundraising for Casey House, sat on the Board and in the early-90’s was President of the Board of Directors of Casey House. I learned so much and was motivated by the work and words of the great June Callwood , who felt that death should be a “velvet experience”.
I was lucky enough to be part of a group that welcomed Princess Diana to the house: not many people know this about Diana, Princess of Wales but she was not only strikingly beautiful but conversant in sign language (ASL ) and physically touched the residents at a time when many of their families would not.
The work that has been done over the years by great staff and volunteers has been amazing. Casey house expanded into a Home Hospice. Art consultant Paul Conway and I chaired the first “Art with Heart” event.
Last night we attended the “Casey House Snowball “. It was a great event but the sad message is the battle is not over and infection rates have been rising. A few weeks ago I participated in the video attached and a Casey House Capital Campaign was launched to build a new Casey House that would add a Day Centre to the Home Hospice and Residence.
I would ask that you please keep it in mind as a charity that you would like to support. I know that it has and always will be that special place that June Callwood and the original volunteers first conceived. The work is not over and your help is needed.
Please take a couple of minutes to watch this video.