The Elks and Royal Purple of Canada
are groups of men and women coast to coast, joined
through common bonds of fraternalism and charity.
Promotion and support of community needs occurs
through volunteer effort of the local lodges.
The National Charity of the Elks and
Royal Purple was founded in 1956 as the Elks Purple
Cross Fund. In 1998 the name was changed to the Elks
and Royal Purple Fund for Children. Through the Fund
we are able to reach out and become a local charity
to any child in need across the country. This is
called our Personal Assistance Program.
The Purpose of the Fund: to provide
financial assistance for any purpose whatsoever that
is for the good and welfare of a person resident in
Canada prior to attaining their 19th birthday.
Money from the Fund may be used to
purchase hearing aids, auditory trainers, medicine,
crutches, braces, technical aids, books and many
other items required by a needy child including
transportation or food and lodging for children to
be treated or assessed medically in Canada.
Any person may make an application
for assistance by contacting their nearest Elks or
Royal Purple Lodge.
In addition to personal assistance
given to individual children through the Fund, there
are other programs. In 1968 the Elks and Royal
Purple Deaf detection and Development Program was
launched to promote and create the best possible
services for the Canadian hearing impaired child.
One out of ten children born in
Canada have a speech, hearing or communication
disorder. Like many ailments, the sooner a child
with a hearing loss can be identified and start
appropriate treatment, the better the results.
Communication is the vital link between human
beings. Deafness often means poor communication, for
it is through listening that we learn to talk.
Through our ears we gain most of our information
about others and the world around us.
ELKS & ROYAL PURPLE FUND FOR
Personal Assistance Program
Developed to help meet the special
needs of children up to the age of 19, anywhere in
the country, when funds are not available from any
other source. Assistance has been granted for a
number of purposes including:
All applications for personal
assistance must be sponsored by a Lodge or
Provincial Association to be considered by the
National Charities Committee.
Please ensure you are using the most
recently revised application.
Addictions Awareness Program
A program aimed at assisting local
efforts in communities nation wide in preventing
addictions and promoting healthy choices by our
The Elks and Royal Purple of Canada
work with existing addictions awareness
organizations/agencies within their communities.
Although we are not experts, we assist the experts
in as many ways possible. The addiction problem is
overwhelming and no one organization can make a
difference alone. Many organizations joining
together and pledging their different skills and
resources will make a difference.
Operational funding for the program
is generated through the Elks MasterCard Program as
well as through the general funds of the Charity. In
view of the fact that revenue from the affinity card
is on the decline, the National Charities Committee
is continually seeking new ways to create the
Go slowly. To begin, get involved in
the Elks and Royal Purple Literary, Poster and Video
Contest, which has addictions awareness themes
annually. Contest materials are free of charge.
Go into schools and interest
teachers and kids. Get your local newspaper to print
the winning essays and display the posters at a
local store, library or City Hall. The 3rd week of
November is Addictions Awareness Week annually – a
good time to launch a contest or publicize the
winners. There are also many provincial activities
organized through your local addiction agencies or
Look into your own community and
find out what's needed by existing organizations and
experts in the addictions awareness area. Make
calls, write letters, have meetings with the
community. Can your Lodge provide free hall space,
fundraising or event organizing help, or help
distributing addictions awareness information? This
is what we mean by assisting any efforts already
there. Then decide who you're going to work with. If
nothing is already formed, maybe you can help start
a community coalition on addictions awareness.
The Elks and Royal Purple Addictions
Awareness Program is each Lodge helping in a way
that is important to their own community. Get
involved and find out what is needed and fill that