Just over a week ago we had the opportunity to attend the Easter Seals Regatta. We were invited to ride a boat in the harbor and participate in some boating fun with a BBQ afterward at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Several other Easter Seals families were also invited and matched up with other boats to enjoy an afternoon on the lake in the sun.
Toronto firefighters greeted us at the ferry to lift Sebastian (in his chair) onto the ferry which took us to the Toronto Islands RCYC where we met our Captain for the day. We were paired with a lovely couple and their dog who took us out in a sailboat! The kids sat on our laps in their life jackets and Seb’s chair went below deck. We went right close to the fire brigade boat and got partially soaked. The sun was shining and the air was warm. It really was the perfect day.
At the BBQ afterwards we sat with some new friends we met through Seb’s hippotherapy classes. They have two girls, one just a year older than Tallula. It’s always nice to make connections with other families and a bonus when the siblings can connect like she and Tallula did. We also met up with a family that I’ve mostly connected with online. Meeting in real life is always so fun. Her daughter is also in Tallula’s swim class! Sometimes the world feels so big and sometimes it’s just the perfect size.
Thanks Easter Seals for a lovely day out. Thanks to all the firefighters who volunteered to make the boats accessible for our children. And thanks to those that gave their time to sail and boat our families around. Hopefully there will be even more next year so more families are able to participate. The event raised funds with both a silent and visible auction at the BBQ. In its 24-year history, the Toronto Easter Seals Regatta has raised $4.5 million for Ontario’s children and youth with physical disabilities.