Supporters walk for autism
© Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News
Supporters participated in the Walk the Walk for Autism at Dickey Park in Amherst on Saturday, raising more than $5,000 for support programs for those autism and their families. About 190 registered for the Amherst event that was one of several being held across the province.
AMHERST – Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted families and supporters participating in Saturday’s Walk the Walk For Autism at Dickey Park.
More than $5,000 was raised in pledges for the event that’s held annually to raise money for services for autistic children and their families.
“Each year we have been growing and this year is no different,” Piece by Piece Autism Association chairwoman Elaine Mazur said. “We had 190 people registered online and once again had great support from the Municipality of Cumberland and Town of Amherst and Tim Hortons, Circle K, Dickey’s Meats, Foodland and Sobey’s. We couldn’t hold this event without the support of the community.”
The event included a one-kilometre route around the walking track at Dickey Park while the five-kilometre event went down Willow Street and back up Church Street.
There were bouncy castles for the children, face painting a barbecue and live entertainment.
Along with raising money, Mazur said Walk the Walk helps raise awareness and understanding in the community.
Walks were also held in Halifax, Sydney, Middleton, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Stellarton and Port Hawkesbury.
There were 215 teams registered around the province, walking a combined 8,460km.