Awesome story this week, as a simple wish posted on YouTube last month become a reality for a Toronto woman. The effort to help Carly Troup realize her dream began when she sang the Canadian national anthem at an Autism Speaks event at Nathan Phillips Square last month. A spokeswoman from the organization asked everyone in the square to share Carly's wish on social media using the hashtag #letcarlysing. Last night on April 17th, Carly sang the Canadian national anthem at the Toronto @BlueJays home game! The Jays were thrilled to be joined by @autismspeaksCAN during Autism awareness month. The story truly gives hope to parents living with autism. Said Carly's Dad Peter; "When your child is diagnosed, it's devastating," he said. "You think, 'What's the hope for them down the road?' We struggled with that for many, many years." But, he added, "these kids all have their own talents and you have to find that and really work on that. When she was younger, the smallest things would upset her and she would cry and scream but music just seemed to calm her down." Way to go Carly and congratulations from SUPA Society!! @Autism_SurfsUp
Killa B wanted to create opportunities where brands can give back a portion of their proceeds to the autism community and help non-profit programs like SUPA Society at events like ASD SK8 Day so they can continue to thrive. Skateboarders with autism, like Killa B, can be sponsored and become brand ambassadors, letting companies expand their reach into a massive untapped market in the Canadian skate industry, and beyond. Killa wants to create a buzz in communities looking to connect with and support the autism community, or other special needs, and wants to be an inspiring role model for their children. One in 68 children are born with autism, five times more likely in boys. Yet if you meet one child with autism like Killa B, he may seem different but he is not, “I AM simply ME” says Killa B. Let’s start talking about how brands, the skateboard world and SUPA Society can partner together.
Killa B was introduced to skateboarding when he saw the documentary on Danny Way jumping the Great Wall of China. Right there and then he knew he wanted to skate. His first board was a Danny Way complete board bought online. Something magical happened that day between a boy and his skateboard: they spoke to each other as if they were one in a world where autism did not exist. They danced on concrete as they became one, and suddenly a kid who never quite fit in blossomed. This is where Killa’s vision was born for the “I AM ME” campaign for autism. Putting real stories and real faces to brands and companies that want to be change-makers, creating social difference in our world and impacting the lives of youth who need it most. Killa B’s goal is to bring autism awareness, social acceptance, and inclusiveness to a global level.
What is a Killa B? Good question, and we’ll keep you informed and involved in a series of ongoing blog posts. Killa B is an amazing 12 year old simply known as “B”, or Killa B when on his skateboard, snowboard or surfboard. Killa B has become an advocate, and is always making positive moves to help bring more awareness and acceptance to Autism. Through events at SUPA Society like ASD Sk8 Day and Autism Surf’s Up Event, and at the Pacific Autism Family Centre in Richmond, BC, Killa B wanted to help raise some funds. So, Protest Movement and Supa Society have created the Killa B “I Am Me” Snapback Hat and $5 from every hat sold will be donated directly to the Pacific Autism Family Network. He teamed up with Hippie Mike (Protest-Movement) Legendary skater Kevin Harris, Andy Anderson and Graphic Designer Jay Mykyte to bring the Killa B "I Am Me" skateboard. Check back again soon for part 2 in the Killa B “I Am Me” series.
SUPA Society is pleased to announce we have formally been accepted and registered as a Canadian Charity! With this approval in-hand, our Business/Registration number: 829078781RR0001 changes things in a big way as we move forward. So what’s the big deal? Gaining status as a registered charity provides many benefits such as increased public recognition, the ability to qualify for certain grants only available to registered charities, the potential for a partial rebate of GST incurred on goods and services consumed by the and perhaps most importantly, the ability to issue charitable tax receipts to donors. The ability to issue charitable tax receipts to donors is particularly valuable where the organization solicits donations from individuals. A charitable tax receipt allows an individual to claim the charitable donation tax credit in their personal income tax return. This credit significantly reduces the after-tax cost to an individual of making a charitable donation. Corporate donors tend to be less concerned about receiving a charitable tax receipt as they can often claim the donation as a marketing expense. With this great news, we look to the future and your future donations.
Welcome to SUPA Society’s first blog post! As time progresses, we’ll be posting about everything from our events to Killa B, to media coverage, news items and more all in our efforts to provide families living with Autism unique event experiences in a dynamic, enriching and inclusive environment. Check out our upcoming annual fundraiser to be held April 28, 2018 at Elements Casino in Cloverdale BC. Amazing silent auction prizes such as resort packages from Crystal Cove Beach Resort and Cox Bay Beach Resort, entertainment packages, Tofino Soap Company, JW Parq Marriott, restaurant gift cards and and the list goes on.