The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) is asking families, businesses and communities around Ontario to join the conversation over A Cup of Tea to better protect their loved ones.
A Cup of Tea for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is an Ontario-wide fundraising campaign to raise funds and awareness for ONPEA’s Seniors Safety Line. ONPEA is asking supporters to Host-A-Tea party in their home, office or association for a minimum donation of $25 per home (under 10 guests) and $100 per office/association.
In appreciation, we will send out a Help-A-Host box of tea, other goodies and information on elder abuse to share with their guests.
Registration is now available online at http://www.acupoftea.ca/host.html.
As Ontario’s population of residents 65 years and up continues to rise so do the realities of elder abuse. Elder abuse takes many different forms; it’s as varied and individual as its victims themselves. What doesn’t change, regardless of the type, is that elder abuse happens far too often and it must be stopped.
The Senior Safety Line was created to be there for vulnerable seniors when no one else can. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available in 150 languages. It is the only hotline of its kind in Ontario. Currently the line is running at 100% capacity, this is due to the fact that there is only one dedicated line available. Currently the SSL is operating on a three-year grant provided by The Ontario Trillium Foundation which runs out in March 2012, less than one year. The SSL belongs to everyone and it needs support now to not only fund a second line but to keep the current one operating.
The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) is dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect, through public education, professional training, advocacy, and service coordination. In addition to implementing Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse, ONPEA supports a growing number of vital projects and research in elder abuse and neglect prevention.