Beacon Impatiens Seed Sales Supports FARA Charities
Showing our support for another year in a row for a lesser-known organisation, PanAmerican Seed proudly donated a portion of Beacon seed sales again.
PanAmerican Seed's Steven Engel was on-site to present a check to Kyle Bryant at FARA's rideATAXIA fundraising event in November.
Our donation came to the sum of approximately $72,000 (USD) this year, where we were able to support Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder affecting one in 40,000 people worldwide. Two FA Research organisations the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA US) and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Association (fara Australia) shared this sum.
The check presentation for the U.S. took place November 4 before an end-of-year “rideATAXIA” fundraising event near Dallas, Texas. PanAmerican Seed Regional Account Manager Steven Engel presented the donation to Kyle Bryant, founder and director of the bicycle-ride fundraiser for CureFA.org.
“When Steven announced the number and held out the check, I saw jaws drop and there were definitely a few tears shed,” Bryant said. “With the donation and support from Beacon Impatiens we reached our fundraising goal for rideAtaxia Dallas. It was a perfect way to start-off the day, and a wonderful way to end the year!”
The list keeps on growing
And it’s thanks to all of you that since its industry debut in 2020, a percentage of proceeds from the sale of Beacon has supported charitable foundations with monetary donations climbing over $290,000 (USD)!
In 2020, PanAmerican Seed donated a portion of Beacon seed sales to Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily, also known as brittle bone disease. It is estimated that approximately 25,000 to 50,000 people in the United States alone have OI. The donation of $55,943 helped The OI Foundation improve the quality of life for those living with osteogenesis imperfecta through research, education, awareness and mutual support.
In 2021, we were able to donate over $81,000 divided between two organizations that support sufferers of and research into familial pulmonary fibrosis, a debilitating lung disease. The two charities we have been promoting to help raise awareness of this are the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) and the Longfibrose patie¨ntenvereniging, which in English is: ‘Dutch Association of Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients’ (Pendersfonds).
In 2022, we were able to donate over $81,000 again, divided amongst two organizations that fight low vision issues and macular degeneration, a disease affecting millions of people worldwide. The two charities that we supported were Spectrios Institute for Low Vision and Macular Society.
We are always happy to support organisations and foundations that need our assistance. And we thank you for all the ways you’ve helped promote such wonderful causes. Let’s continue to find ways in which Beacon Impatiens can shine the light around the world and contribute to this give-back campaign.