The Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children
and Royal Purple Fund for Children continues
to impact the lives of thousands of
Canadians annually. The quality of life that
many children, and in some cases whole
communities, enjoy can be either directly or
partly attributed to projects funded through
this national charity. The Fund has been
extremely effective in three areas.
Personal assistance to individual
children with special needs.
supporting ongoing provincial programs across
Canada in the area of speech, hearing and
communication disorders. Over the years the Elks
and Royal Purple Fund For Children has provided
over $15 million through ongoing provincial
programs, equipment & capital assistance, and
personal assistance in this area.
directly with addictions awareness agencies and
experts through the Elks and Royal Purple
Addictions Awareness Program to educate children
about healthy choices.
assistance can be made through your local lodge.
The Elks & Royal Purple
Fund for Children
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
Elks Foundation - www.abelks.org
Probably the most
visible aspect of our activity is the community
service undertaken by our Lodges. The Alberta Elks
Foundation was formed in 1971 to act as the
charitable body to assist member Lodges in their
service to Alberta communities and supporting
children in need.
assist sick, needy and underprivileged children:
sponsor youth sports and youth service
organizations; we equip playgrounds, parks and
community centres. We aid senior citizens, provide
equipment for hospitals and furnish hospital wards.
We are founding donours and continuing supporters,
providing funding for the Institute for Stuttering
and Research - "ISTAR".
fact, we have undertaken a wise variety of projects
designed to meet the many needs of our communities.
For the last 5 years alone the Elks Lodges of
Alberta contributed over $1,000,000.00 each year, in
assistance of community projects and programs
Istar - www.istar.ualberta.ca
the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and
Research is a self-supporting, non-profit
organization that offers specialized
treatment to children, teens and adults who
stutter. In addition, ISTAR conducts
research into stuttering, offer advanced
professional training for speech-language
pathology students and clinicians, and
promote public awareness of stuttering and
Tabs for Tots - www.abelks.org
The Elks and Royal Purple
Lodges of Alberta started in 1999 a new
fund-raising program called "Tabs for Tots".
We are collecting pull tabs
from pop cans, juice cans, baby formula cans,
and any can that has a pull tab opener. They are
selling them to a scrap metal company in Alberta
and utilizing the funds to purchase much needed
equipment for pediatric wards, neonatal units,
delivery rooms, children's ward, etc. in
hospitals across Alberta if they so wish to
We are working together to
improve the life of our newborn children who
enter this world with problems and conditions
that can be easily treated or corrected, early
in their lives, with proper equipment.
more information about how you can become
involved, please click
He Ho Ha - www.camphehoha.com
Camp He Ho Ha provides recreational opportunities
not only for children with disabilities, but also
for adults of all ages with every type and degree of
|Compassion House - www.sorrentinos.com
Compassion House Foundation was established
in 1998 with the vision to build a facility
to support women with breast cancer from
Northern Alberta during diagnosis, treatment
and the early stages of recovery.
In early 2001, the Key to Compassion Capital
Campaign was launched. With the generous
support of the Edmonton community, and
donors across the province, the facility was
under construction by September of that
School Lunch Program - www.teachers.ab.ca
School Lunch Program is 15 years old. Alex Taylor
School , one of Edmonton's high-needs elementary
schools, provides hot nutritious lunches to students
who would otherwise be without a noon meal.
Operated by the Edmonton City Centre Church
Corporation (ECCCC) at an annual cost of $1.5
million, the program is funded through donations
from such organizations as the United Way of Alberta
Capital Region, City of Edmonton and Edmonton & Area
Child and Family Services Authority, as well as an
anonymous donour. The idea for the lunch program
germinated in 1992 when a group of parents realized
that children were going to school hungry and
decided to do something about it. They formed the
School Food Action Committee and hired a community
advocate to teach them how to lobby for a lunch
program and funding to run it. Edmonton's School
Lunch Program started in 1993 with two school and
300 students, Today, it serves 2,200 students in 14
schools in inner-city and northeast Edmonton.
Protection Centre -
multi-agency facility devoted to operating a
child-centered model of service delivery allowing
for maximum gathering of investigative integrity
while minimizing further trauma to victims and their
families. Works in partnership with established
agencies that deal with child protection matters.
Mazankowski Heart Foundation - www.albertahealthservices.ca
Serving the prairies and the
Canadian North, it will provide a full range
of heart care services, with a special focus
on prevention of heart disease and complex
heart care, such as pediatric cardiac
surgery and heart transplantation.
Elks and Royal Purple have worked together for more
than 80 years to assist those that require help
within the community, the province and nation-wide.
the Edmonton Elks and Royal Purple contribute over
40,000 volunteer hours each years. The following are
the charities we have supported over the years.
Do you want to be a
part of the community?
Do you want to feel
that your volunteer services makes a
Do you want to belong
to an organization that really cares
If you answered 'yes' to
any of these questions, joining the Elks may
be right for you.
Please accept our
invitation to join by filling out the form
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One of our Lodge members
will be happy to contact you.