MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough) hosts fundraiser Nov. 18-Dec 20 for 10,000 Villages

Published Tuesday, November 12, 2013

        MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough) hosts fundraiser Nov. 18-Dec 20 for 10,000 Villages

Local entrepreneurs Allison and Ron Seiderer are donating 150 sq. ft. of their store space (Nov 18 – Dec 20) to support

Ten Thousand Villages and its global practice of providing fair pay and support to artisans for hand-crafted products.

“We were deeply touched by the stories from Ten Thousand Villages” says Allison Seiderer, co-owner along with husband Ron of MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough).  “Stories like Rajana, who makes peace dove necklaces from brass bombshell casings left after years of conflict in Cambodia and others like the Laafi de Tenkodogo co-op that represents 50 women (mainly widows) making Shea Butter products that allow them to feed and take care of their children.”

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Ron and Allison Seiderer, co-owners MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough).


“We just had to help – and hopefully make a difference in the process,” explains Allison. “So, Ron and I decided to open 150 square feet of our showroom to Ten Thousand Villages from November 18th to December 20th Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The fundraising Boutique will feature many handcrafted, unique Christmas ornaments and nativities as well as Fair Trade food items and popular giftware items.”


Adds Seiderer, “With such a powerful Fair Trade stance these are gifts that give twice: your loved one will receive a very special gift as will the community in another country where the artisans live.  What could embody the Christmas spirit better then caring for our global community?”


MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment’s Christmas Fundraiser for Ten Thousand Villages takes place at 329 McDonnel Street, Peterborough. Store hours for the Fundraising Boutique are Monday–Friday from 9 AM-5 PM, November 18-December 20.

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About Ten Thousand Villages:

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit program of Mennonite Central Committee Canada, one of the country’s largest international relief and development agencies. The organization deliberately marries the concept of fair trade with healthy and environmentally sustainable business practices. From store operations to product sourcing to marketing practices, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the "triple bottom line" of economic, environmental and social sustainability.


Founded in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 120 retail outlets and 150 festival sales throughout North America. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewellery, home decor, art and sculpture and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 35 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.


About MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough)

MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough) is a locally owned franchise that is part of MEDIchair, North America’s largest and fastest growing Home Medical Equipment (HME) franchise company with stores from coast-to-coast in Canada. MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough) is the only 100% locally owned/operated medical equipment supply store in the Kawartha/Northumberland region. Since the store opened in 1995 we quickly established a reputation of treating all of our clients with respect, dignity, and compassion.  We are a licensed Medical Devices Establishment and an authorized vendor for ADP • ODSP • WSIB • VAC and insurance companies. MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough) is a full service home medical equipment establishment offering a full range of home medical equipment and supplies and services as well as modified vehicles, CPAP and portable Home Oxygen. Allison Seiderer is also a well-known speaker, presenting across Ontario on making homes and businesses more


For more information or interviews please contact:

Mrs. Allison Seiderer, Owner, MEDIchair Home Medical Equipment (Peterborough) (705) 740-2650

Neil Bousquet APR, Media Relations, MEDIchair (250) 689-1856