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And as part of her goodwill mission, Avril Lavigne has given away four additional bursaries to help various Easter Seals centres across the country stay afloat while faced with economic hardship.

She says, "Recreational programmes allow children and young people with disabilities to develop critical social and emotional skills and also just have fun. As great as these programmes are, a lot of times when budgets are tight these will be the first programmes cut. My goal is to help bring more resources to these great programmes."

A number of the grant recipients plan to expand their programming to include after-school music lessons and art camps.