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Our organization relies on the generosity of donors and funds raised from our annual fundraisers to achieve our aims of preventing brain injuries and improving the lives of survivors and their families.

COVID-19's impact on SBIA
Here at SBIA, the safety of our members, volunteers and staff will always be our first priority. That's why, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to cancel all of our programs, retreats and fundraising events until further notice.

The loss of SBIA programs and activities has had an enormous impact on the lives of SBIA members, whose comments in evaluations often state, "This group is what helps me to get through another week." Social isolation is one of the most common, devastating effects of brain injury and many survivors in our province are feeling more isolated than ever before. As well as this, many SBIA members have underlying conditions, making them especially vulnerable to COVID-19, so it is unlikely that our programs will resume any time soon.

Since two-thirds of our annual budget is generated through fundraising, these cancellations have also had a negative impact on our financial situation – which is why we need your help!

SBIA's Response
SBIA's staff very quickly developed a proactive approach to the changes brought on by COVID-19. We arranged for staff and volunteers to call or connect with each of our SBIA members every week. We also used our social media channels to provide members with free resources and links to free video-based activities, such as chair yoga and cooking classes, and virtual meet-ups. However, through our regular contact with members, we learned that over half of our members do not have or use the internet – not even via smart phones. Most members appreciate SBIA's weekly contact but, almost without fail, ask when programs will resume. They miss their SBIA friends and many of their weeks are organized around the now-cancelled SBIA programs.


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Doorstep Delivery Project

To help see them through this difficult period and stay connected to their SBIA family, our staff and volunteers began to put together and deliver care packages to the homes of our members. During these drop-offs, we also give them a "taste" of our regular programs by leading socially-distanced activities on their doorsteps to compensate for the loss of support and activity. By visiting each member weekly, we have been able to check on their wellbeing and assist, where needed, with any issues they raise.

Weekly Soar & Social Beans "Zoom" Meetings:
Our Soar and Social Beans programs provide opportunities for young adults (18-30) with ABI to get together with other survivors for social activities and friendship. In order to adapt to the COVID-19 measures, we have taken these groups online and are now hosting our gatherings via Zoom.

Your support means everything
With your donation today, you'll be joining a community dedicated to more than 1.5 million Canadians living with brain injuries. Your donation, big or small, will help make a difference in the lives of survivors and their loved ones in Saskatchewan.

As always, we are so grateful for your continued support.


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Where Your Donations Go
What Can Your Donation Do?

$10

The cost of a complimentary SBIA membership for a brain injury survivor.

$25

The cost to provide an Acquired Brain Injury Toolkit for the family of a brain injury patient in the trauma unit of the hospital.

$50

The cost to purchase a new publication to add to the SBIA library – books, magazines and videos about brain injury.

$100

The cost to transport individuals in one community to a Support Chapter Activity Night – activities such as Indoor Walking Group, Bowling, Drumming Circles and Social nights.

$250

The cost of one evening of a special event or program, such as a drumming or computer session or Christmas Party for one of the five SBIA local chapters.

$500

The cost for one individual to attend one of the weekend SBIA Retreats or Camp which are held at various locations around the province.

$1000

The cost to create, print and distribute one edition of the SBIA Connections Newsletter to ABI Survivors, their families and SBIA Supporters.

$2000

The cost to deliver one 8-week program in one location eg. Drumming, computer assisted memory therapy, which provides support, and psychosocial therapy to brain injury survivors.

$5000

The cost to print and distribute, province-wide, one piece of prevention or education material, such as the Don't Risk Your Future or A Concussion is a Brain Injury poster, which is distributed to the more than 500 schools and recreational facilities in the province. Prevention and Education Partnership.