August 21st, 2018

Campbell takes one for the team as ‘Pie it Forward’ campaign begins

By Schnarr, J.W. on May 9, 2018.

Councillor Mark Campbell reacts to receiving a pie of whipped cream to his face during the official launch for SAIPAs second annual √íPie It Forward Fundraiser√ď at Lethbridge City Hall on Tuesday. Herald photo by Tijana Martin @TMartinHerald

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

Call it “Pied in full.”

On Tuesday, Coun. Mark Campbell took a pie to the face as part of a kickoff media event at city hall for SAIPA’s 2018 “Pie it Forward” fundraising campaign.

“I got a phone call and asked if I wanted to be part of it,” said Campbell afterward, speaking to media through a mask of whipped cream. “I said, ‘absolutely.’ SAIPA is a great organization. I’ve seen the work that they do and it’s such a great idea and a great fundraiser.

“Getting a pie in the face is perfect.”

Campbell said he has a list of people who may be getting pies sent their way in the near future – possibly including other members of council.

Pie it Forward allows people to send a pie in the face to friends, family, coworkers, spouses, or friendly competitors for a minimum of $20.

Volunteers will drive the pie to the recipient of the pie and give that person an option to take the pie in the face for free, pay $20 and be given the pie to eat, or match the donation of the person who sent the pie and send it back at them.

Mark Davids, executive director for SAIPA, said the fundraiser will allow for community involvement and an opportunity for SAIPA to raise money for local community programming.

In 2017, SAIPA sold close to 50 pies and raised nearly $6,000.

Programming includes workshops for adults with developmental disabilities and community outreach.

Course topics for those workshops include rights, healthy relationships, self-esteem and abuse prevention. The workshops are crucial to giving adults with disabilities the skills to be safe, self-determined leaders in their own lives. SAIPA teaches 30 workshops per year in Alberta’s south region.

“Our workshops have changed the lives of the people they support,” said SAIPA board vice-president Aaron Bauer. “Our workshops are consistently in high demand. This fundraiser will help us continue supporting those who need it the most.”

“Pie it forward provides us with another income stream that lets us do more of those things,” said Davids.

“And it’s a fun way to get involved. Who doesn’t want to send a pie to a co-worker and get them in the face while they are at work?”

Self advocacy helps adults with developmental disabilities find their voice.

“Adults with developmental disabilities tend to be overlooked a bit,” he said. “Our organization helps them be self advocates and help them be empowered citizens driving change in their own community.

“It’s important for everyone to be able to exercise their rights and responsibilities, and people with developmental disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else.”

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