On Sunday, May 18th, from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, the CrossFit DTR Kids will be hosting the first ever Kindness WOD to raise funds for Canines For Disabled Kids (CDK). The event is for kids only, and will help all of our kids build up their “character, compassion, and charity” muscles!
CDK is an organization whose mission is “supporting the creating of child-canine service teams to promote independence and social awareness.” They have been around since 1998, and rely solely on private funding from individuals, group fundraisers, civic groups, and grants. Since their inception, they have helped over 15,000 people across 20 states obtain a service dog.
Service Dog facts:
- Service Dogs can be trained to work with people who use power or manual wheelchairs, have balance issues, have various types of autism, need seizure alert or response, need to be alerted to other medical issues like low blood sugar, or have psychiatric disabilities. These specially trained dogs can help by retrieving objects that are out of their person’s reach, opening and closing doors, turning light switches off and on, barking to indicate that help is needed, finding another person and leading the person to the handler, assisting ambulatory persons to walk by providing balance and counterbalance, and many other individual tasks as needed by a person with a disability. (From the Assistance Dog International website)
- It costs upwards of $24,000 to train a service dog, and the families in need are usually required to cover about 40% of that.
- The families of children who would greatly benefit from a Service Dog simply can’t afford it.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three fundraisers, and every kid you know is invited. The Kindness WOD itself will be based on helping participating children gain an understanding of what it’s like not having the use of their legs, dominant hand, eyes, or something else we all take for granted. It will be fun and appropriate for all kids whether they’re members or not.
You’ve all seen what this community can do when one of our own gets hurt, and now it’s your turn to help some others in need. Print out the registration sheet, the sponsorship sheet, and the flyer at the bottom of this post, and get to work. Let’s do our part and lend a helping hand.
Kindness WOD Registration
CrossFit DTR Kids KINDNESS WOD sponsor sheet
CrossFit DTR Kids Charity Event Flyer