Watermark Raises $1,176.75 for the Actors Fund of Canada
Watermark Theatre is proud to announce that $1,176.75 was raised this week through audience collections and company member contributions for the Actors Fund Of Canada (AFC). Generous audience members of Blithe Spirit on August 22nd and The Glass Menagerie on August 23rd reached into their pockets and donated to an extremely important organization to actors across the country. Cast, crew, and administrators at the theatre also contributed.
The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Through compassionate and confidential support, the organization helps Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. The AFC is an expression of the community’s good will, helping entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship.
In the past 24 months, The AFC has distributed over $1 million in emergency financial aid to help entertainment professionals working in all aspects of theatre, film & TV, music, and dance. The AFC believes by supporting the health and well-being of arts and entertainment professionals, the industry as a whole will benefit. In a sector in which employment can be unpredictable, it’s good to know that a caring community is looking out for their most vulnerable.
Artistic Director Robert Tsonos shared his personal story with audiences of how the AFC helped him over 20 years ago when he was a young actor struggling with a medical emergency. “I needed an MRI scan and in Ontario at that time there was an eleven month wait, so my doctor recommended I go to Buffalo, New York to get a scan right away. The cost was $600, and to a young actor just starting his career this was an enormous amount of money. I applied to the AFC and they helped pay for my trip to Buffalo as well as the medical costs. I was extremely grateful and have been helping to raise money for the organization ever since”.
To donate to the AFC go to http://afchelps.ca.