ONTARIO, CANADA (April 10, 2008) – Steven Wise, Chairman and CEO of KRG Insurance Group and Chairman of KRG Children's Charitable Foundation announced today that the Foundation will donate $2 for every walker that registers on-line, participates in and raises a minimum of $100 in Autism Speaks Canada's 4th Annual Ontario Walk Now for Autism, scheduled for June 8, 2008 at Nathan Phillips Square.
Last year's Ontario walk drew close to 5,000 walkers and raised $659,000.
This announcement comes on the heels of KRG's recent corporate donation to Autism Speaks Canada in the amount of $250,000 to assist the organization with its development and programs in Canada.
“The passion of the autism community in Ontario – families, friends, teachers, researchers and other service providers – may mean that we'll be writing a pretty big cheque but nothing will make me happier” says Wise.
“KRG's commitment to improving the lives of those impacted by autism in Ontario and across Canada is just what we need to propel the Canadian arm of Autism Speaks to where we need to be,” notes Suzanne Lanthier, Executive Director of Autism Speaks Canada. “Since 1998, over $5 million of research grants have awarded to the Canadian autism research community by Autism Speaks from coast to coast. Autism Speaks has developed some incredible resources for families through their family services programs. We need the support of our community and people like Steven Wise to make those same services available to us here in Canada. A Canadian resource database and the highly regarded '100 Day Kit' are just two examples of programs put into place in the States that would be of tremendous benefit to the autism community here in Canada.”
To register for the 4th Annual Ontario Walk Now for Autism, please go to www.walknowforautism.org/ontario or call 1-888-362-6227.
ABOUT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM
Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism, North America's largest grassroots autism walk program, is our signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.