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Crowdfunding campaign launched for Burlington eating disorder support centre Danielle's Place

posted Oct 21, 2014, 12:45 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 12:45 AM ]
Danielle’s Place, a Burlington eating disorder support and resource centre, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise much-needed funds for its programs through Fuel Local, a crowdfunding website found on InsideHalton.

Funded solely through private donations, the centre has doubled its client base since re-opening two years ago after a brief hiatus due to funding challenges.

Programs are operated by community volunteers and students. Currently Danielle’s Place has 200 active clients from Burlington as well as surrounding areas including Niagara Falls and Kitchener. The majority of clients are 18 years of age and under while the eldest is 72.

During the day clients receive one on one support which includes ensuring access to much-needed resources and establishing a plan for recovery. There are groups for youth, adults, family members, bulimia as well as for those who binge or have food addictions. Sessions in anxiety reduction, Reiki and Reflexology, yoga and meditation are also available.

Danielle’s operating budget is $80,000 and they are hoping to raise $10,000 towards that figure, said executive director Rose MacDonald.

“Fuel Local is an excellent way for community-based organizations to raise much-needed financial support for their ongoing programs and initiatives,” said David Harvey, General Manager of Halton Division, Metroland Media Group. “A Fuel Local campaign also raises awareness thanks to the thousands of online visitors to our popular site insidehalton . This exposure allows community groups, charities and individuals to reach beyond their own network of friends and colleagues.”

Danielle’s Place opened in 2005. Its founder and first president was Burlington resident Carolyn Mayeur whose daughter Danielle was 25 when she died in 2001 of complications from anorexia nervosa.

In less than a decade, Danielle’s Place has provided support services to more than 4,500 people. Funds raised will go towards program supplies and materials, resource materials as well as volunteer training.

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