The Canadian Walk season kicked off this past weekend with the second annual Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks which was held on Sunday, May 27th at Stade Uniprix, welcoming more than 1500 participants. This year our event was bilingual which helped us to extend the scope of our mission in Quebec. A t-shirt design contest was held for our presenting sponsor Mega Bloks and we are proud to be able to showcase the creativity of the Mega Bloks employees through the final t-shirt design which will be worn across Canada this year!
Eight local service providers were showcased in the Resource Fair and provided vital information to our ASD Community. Special thanks to our National sponsor Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us and our media sponsor CJAD 800 AM, who provided local radio host Barry Morgan as our MC for the event. We also want to thank our local sponsors including Starbucks, Kloda Focus, Zero Gluten and Stade Uniprix. We are extremely grateful to Mega Bloks for returning as our presenting sponsor and thank them for their continued generosity and wonderful support of the autism community. They were a big hit with the kids who attended the event as each kid who visited the Mega Bloks tent walked away with an armful of toys!
The success of this event is due to the hard work and dedication of each volunteer, walker, team member, sponsor and in-kind donor. We were thrilled to end off the opening ceremonies with a cheque presentation by Mega Brands Chief Innovation Officer Vic Bertrand, who donated $60,000 to the Chair of the Autism Speaks Canada Board of Directors Marc Murnaghan. This brought our total raised to $190,000.
We look forward to reaching out to all of our participants in the coming weeks to learn about their successes and to partner together on fundraising and awareness initiatives throughout the end of the year that will help us reach our goal of $225,000. Together we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle!