The Inked for Autism fundraiser raised $3297. Funds will be going to a local family to help with treatment.
For the past 8 years husband and wife Andrew and Michelle Skinner have been leaving their mark when it comes to raising awareness about Autism. This year they continue to help out the local autism community.
For the month of April, Skinner Ink in Barrie is donating 50 per cent of profits from any Autism-related tattoos to help with a local family’s treatment.
Michelle says “we started with the fundraiser since before our son was diagnosed, and every year we continue to do it; it’s very close to our hearts and we’re so passionate about it.”
In the past, funds raised were donated to Autism Ontario-Simcoe Chapter, Michelle’s charity of choice. “we use their services all the time and they’re fantastic; this year with all the changes going on we thought why not step up and try help a family in need with those funding cuts.”
Her husband Andrew adds “I think the entire Autism community is speaking about the changes that are happening because there are so many people who will be affected by it and it’s a common conversation in that area” he says, “That’s one of the great things about the fundraiser; not only are we trying to help the autism community; we are trying to bring acknowledgment and information to the public and to bring awareness to the spectrum.”
Andrew adds “There are so many families on the wait lists for funding that need that extra help. It would be nice to make sure a family gets help with it.”
As for the “ink” itself Andrew says “The puzzle piece is the general idea but there are so many variations of ways those can be done. They can be subtle to wild and some concentrate on the autism colours. That’s why we encourage people to come by the shop for a consultation so we can customize a tattoo for them related to the spectrum.”
Any family hoping to be eligible for funding from the tattoo sale can stop by Skinner Ink throughout April, and for $20 you put your family’s name into a draw. The winner will be drawn on May 12th when the shop is holding a raffle, silent auction, and bake sale. Items are also being accepted for auction. Contact Skinner Ink at (705)730-8771 or visit their Facebook page for more info.