On August 15th Rob Summerfield and Colton White are going to embark on a bike ride that will inspire possibilities for Community Living London and they need your help! For every $10 donated Rob and Colton will bike 1km. Their goal is to raise $1,000 for Community Living London and bike 100km. If more then $1,000 is raised for Community Living London then the pair will ride a maximum of 150km! Thank you for your contribution.
During the pandemic Community Living London innovated a weekly virtual activity program, where volunteers host an activity for people supported to participate in. Community Living London was fortunate enough to have Rob and Colton both run a weekly activity for the people supported! Rob and Colton enjoyed volunteering with Community Living London so much that they wanted to create a fundraiser to benefit the people supported by the agency.
About Rob and Colton:
My name is Rob Summerfield and I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I went to highschool in London attending Saunders Secondary school where I built up and continued to chase my dream and play football at a Canadian University, while also being extremely dedicated to my academics. I then moved on to the University of Waterloo, and graduated this past April with a degree in Legal Studies & Sociology. While at UW I also played on the Varsity Football team for five years as well as volunteering in the community of Waterloo. Through attending Saunders and Waterloo I developed a passion for playing sports and helping out in the community and making a difference. I want to make an impact now in London, by serving others and making a difference in the London community. Let's all strive to make a positive impact on those around us and those in the world.
My name is Colton White, I was born in London and spent my childhood here and continue to live here during the beautiful summers. I went to Rick Hansen public school, then I carried onto Regina Mundi Catholic School for two years then I moved away to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where I pursued my dream of playing in the OHL. I spent four years in Sault Ste. Marie, I finished my junior hockey career when I was twenty years old, and then continued to chase my dream of playing hockey in the NHL. I got drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2015, and started my pro career in 2017. I have spent time in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL. During my time in Sault Ste. Marie, we were encouraged to volunteer and make a difference in the community and help out in any way we can and it is something I am extremely fond of and something I enjoy doing. Rob inspired me to become a volunteer with Community Living London, and serve others and make a difference in our community. This has been one of the best experiences of my life and something I am extremely passionate about.
About Community Living London:
Community Living London is dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities to live fulfilled lives. With a cast of over 500 staff and 150 volunteers, we support over 1000 people annually where they live, where they work, and where they play! We offer a range of programs and services that help the people we support to live what they have determined is THEIR fulfilled life!
People with developmental disabilities are amongst the most socially isolated members of our community, a fact that has been magnified by the stay-at-home orders during the pandemic. Our volunteers have made a world of difference to people by offering opportunities to connect to the community virtually! While this has been a great option for many of the people we support, there are many who don’t have the luxury of having access to the technology that will allow them to connect virtually. Adults with developmental disabilities live on less than $1000/month. Often times, this means having to chose between buying groceries, a buss pass, or a much needed pair of shoes. Hardly is there enough money leftover to install a wifi service or buy a device to access the internet. This is where our fundraisers help people to live their fulfilled life! The money that is raised helps us to ensure that people have what they need in order to get on the path to living their fulfilled life. In some cases, this means investing in technology so they can join our virtual activities or stay connected to their family with FaceTime! In other cases fundraised money helps us to build an environment that is fully accessible or purchase modified equipment so that people with disabilities can do things that you and I take for granted, like: riding a bike, working out at the gym, reading, or going to work.
Donors, no matter how big or small, make our community a more inclusive place for people with disabilities to live, work and play!