JOIN THE TRIBE!!
2010 is the Centenary Year of the birth of Sir Douglas Bader and a very important year for the Douglas Bader Foundation…
Today we are very proud to be able to announce our brand new initiative:
Was created as a joint acknowledgement of SIR DOUGLAS BADER‘s honourary Chieftainship of a Canadian Indian Tribe and the bravery of children with limb deficiencies and other disabilities in their efforts to lead normal lives. It is a tremendous honour to be awarded a Chieftainship and one of which Sir Douglas was extremely proud. (From: “This Week in Canadian History” (Oct. 3 – Oct 9 1818 – 1998): ‘Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) was honoured with the name “Red Crow” when he became the first Kainai Chief at a ceremony in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Kainai (Blood Indians) of southern Alberta created the honorary chieftainship to recognise individuals who have contributed either to the Blood people or to humanity in general. Membership is limited to 40 living persons and the honour is highly prized. Among those who have been members are Douglas Bader (Morning Bird), Pierre Berton (Big Plume), and Pope John Paul II (Big Holy White Father).’
While the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION has been continuing Sir Douglas’s work with amputees since his death over 25 years ago and has many projects both completed and underway to assist amputees and other disabled, we are particularly excited about this new enterprise. We know that BADER BRAVES combining, as it does, Sir Douglas’s respect for the Native Canadian Indians, his delight in his Honourary Chieftainship and his love of children would be a venture particularly close to his heart.
To date there are very few initiatives aimed specifically at helping children with limb deficiency and other disabilities and their families and we hope you will agree that this is a worthwhile cause and an exciting project. As always, the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION relies almost entirely on fund-raising to survive and to continue to assist amputees and other disabled and we would be delighted to hear from anyone with fund-raising ideas to support this venture.
If you would like to learn more about BADER BRAVES and/or how you could get involved please contact the Douglas Bader Foundation Director of Operations, Keith Delderfield:
Mobile: +44 (0) 7831 596015
The Douglas Bader Foundation Administration Office:
45 Dundale Rd
Fax: +44 (0) 1442 826662