WHAT? The community is invited to come and walk in support of WIAIH. This local charity has been providing support and services to people with intellectual disabilities and autism for 65 years. Participants in the walk must register online at wiaih.qc.ca.
WHEN? On Sunday, May 28, at 9 a.m.
WHERE? The fundraising walk will take place at l’École secondaire de l’Altitude (formerly Riverdale High School), 5060 Sources Blvd, in Pierrefonds.
CHOM 97,7 FM radio host Sharon Hyland will emcee the event along with Sandra Hudon, a community ambassador. The WALK for WIAIH fundraiser is a new initiative created by a small group of West Island volunteers to raise funds for the organization and sensitize the community about intellectual disability and autism. The event invites people from the general public to walk alongside people with various disabilities on the track at l’École de l'Altitude for up to one hour.
A Fun Zone will be set up at the center of the track, with kiosks from different vendors and sponsors. The WALK for WIAIH fundraiser is accessible to people in wheelchairs and strollers, making it an activity for the whole family.
PHOTOS: Facebook, WIAIH.
"It's wonderful to have volunteers from the community who are passionate about helping causes that are dear to them, who are conscientious of promoting accessibility, inclusion, and acceptance, and who create an event that brings everyone together on the same level," says Lyne Charlebois, Executive Director of WIAIH.
Charlebois continued, "Raising money for our programs and activities is extremely important, but creating opportunities for sensitization and promoting acceptance is even more essential for the families who experience their loved ones' differences or challenges daily."
"With a few good friends, we have successfully raised funds & awareness for other organizations and now are proudly partnering with WIAIH. Our vision is to build this event into an exciting annual tradition," says Debbie Elvidge, event founder and organizer.
With a team of 20 full-time and over 40 part-time employees, WIAIH is a registered charitable
organization serving people with an intellectual disability or autism and their families, WIAIH is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the West Island of Montreal.