The 5th Annual Edmonton Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place on Sunday, September 9th in Rundle Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mother Nature chose to shine down on us providing a beautiful sunny day! The 5th Annual Walk was celebrated in fine style with a record breaking attendance of 2000+ with participants blowing the Walk goal of $180,000 out of the water! The total raised at the end of Walk day was an amazing $216,709 with thousands still coming in!
The Alberta community came together on Sunday to unite as “one strong voice” in support of autism awareness and funding. We walked together channeling the community’s passion and heart into dollars to fund the mission of Autism Speaks Canada. A record number of service providers also participated in the resource fair.
Key volunteers Sarah Reidlinger, Tracy Obzuko and Dallas Trimble worked together with Event Manager of Alberta Marcy Oakes Henschel to create a day everyone in attendance will remember!
Sincere thanks to our national sponsors Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us for their ongoing support. A special recognition goes out to the Alberta stores for being the top fundraisers from Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us in Canada. We also want to thank two of our very special guests for attending the Walk - Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Director of the Autism Research Centre at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (an ATN site in Edmonton) and Member of Parliament Mike Lake, who is a tremendous advocate for autism awareness and funding in Canada.
Most of all we thank our families for coming out to not only support the 5th Annual Edmonton Walk Now for Autism Speaks but also to support that special someone in your life you love and care about. Through your fundraising efforts and passion in reaching out to the broader community we were able to raise a significant amount of money to support scientific research and family services.
For more information on the Edmonton Walk, please visit our website at www.walknowforautismspeaks.ca/Edmonton. You can check out more photos of the day by visiting the photo gallery on our Facebook page.
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