The June 12 Inaugural London Ontario Walk Now for Autism Speaks was an incredibly successful first year effort. Unseasonably chilly conditions did not stop over 500 walkers from taking part and raising just over $33,000. Volunteer Walk Chair Steve Hunter led the small but mighty force of walkers around beautiful Victoria Park in the heart of the city of London. Juno Award winning children’s entertainer Jack Grunsky delighted the crowd with his interactive songs.
13-year-old Mitchell Daniels who lives with autism and hydrocephalus wowed the participants with his incredible voice singing his versions of The Climb, Over the Rainbow and You Raise Me Up. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Canadian Walk event without hockey players. Local players from the OHL’s London Knights – Reid McNeill, Tommy Hughes - helped out at our T-shirt Tent and signed autographs. Team Mascot “Sir Scores A Lot” was arguably the hit of the Walk giving High-5’s and hugs to all. Special thanks to Ron and Lisa Scarfone and the staff and management of Jim Bob Ray’s and Joe Kools who hosted a hot dog BBQ for walkers and volunteers immediately following the Walk. Thanks also to Team Toys”R”Us led by Krystal McDougall who outdid themselves as participants and enthusiastic supporters of all of the teams.
Huge shout outs to Karen Stone and her team of volunteers without whom we could not have made it happen! We look forward to bigger (and warmer) walk for 2012!
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