It was a beautiful, sunny day for the 2,000 Walkers who participated in the 5th Annual Vancouver Walk Now For Autism Speaks, which took place this year at a new venue in historic Stanley Park. The event has raised nearly $190,000. The participants enjoyed a scenic walk around Vancouver’s idyllic sea wall while accompanied by some of their favorite Star Wars characters. Walkers later enjoyed a morning of children’s activities, live music and a resource fair of close to 20 family service providers.
Walkers were treated to a special performance by Canadian band Dear Rouge as they sang A Song for Noah. The lullaby was written for a friend’s son with ASD - a song which took on a new meaning when Noah’s father was tragically killed by a logging accident a few months later.
Walk participants also had the opportunity to listen to the tales of James and John Baker, the Bikers For Autism duo who rode their Harleys across Canada this summer to raise important awareness and dollars (almost $15,000!) for Autism Speaks Canada.
Many thanks to all of our incredible volunteers, walkers, and sponsors – especially Toys”R”Us – who helped make this a day to remember.
For more information on the Vancouver Walk, please visit our website at www.walknowforautismspeaks.ca/vancouver. You can also check out more pictures from the Walk album on our Vancouver Facebook page.
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