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Crowdfunding campaign to help support future care of 9-year-old boy with autism

'It's human nature that people want to help people in need and it is clear to me the Sutherland family needs help now -- they are in crisis,' says Executive Director of Autism Canada Laurie Mawlam
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More than $4,000 was raised in the first 24 hours of an online crowdfunding campaign, helping to raise money for the future support of a nine-year old boy with severe autism.

Callum Sutherland was admitted to the IWK Health Centre in mid-October when his parents feared it was no longer safe for him to go to school or live at home as he struggles with aggressive behaviour and mental health concerns.

They say there were no other appropriate resources available in the province besides the hospital, which he will be released from soon.

The fundraiser says the money will go towards an appropriate living space for Callum with a proper sensory therapeutic set up and savings towards Callum's disability fund to provide for him as an adult. 

Executive Director of Autism Canada Laurie Mawlam says she is impressed the community has stepped up to fill in for a lack of government services. 

"I think it is wonderful the community has stepped up to help this family but it is very unfortunate that we don't have supports in place for this family through the government," she says. "It's human nature that people want to help people in need and it is clear to me the Sutherland family needs help now -- they are in crisis."

Sincere comments have been left on the crowdfunding page by donors like "Hoping with all my heart that things can get better for you and your family." 

The fundraiser's goal is $10,000.



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