**MEDIA ALERT** - 2,000 WALKERS EXPECTED AT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS CANADA EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR AUTISM AWARENESS, RESEARCH AND FAMILY SERVICE PROGRAMS

INAUGURAL EVENT TO PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO FATHERS

MONTREAL, June 19, 2011 /CNW/ -

WHAT:          Families affected by autism will walk alongside corporate partners, friends, teachers, therapists to raise awareness and funds for autism research and family services programs. This event, being held at Stade Uniprix, is a unique FUNdraising event, providing a fun and safe day for families who are impacted by autism - a chance for kids with autism to just be kids.
           
          Presenting Sponsor MEGA Brands Inc. to host playzone on-site.
           
          Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® proudly serves as the national sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks events held in over 80 cities across North America including 5 in Canada.
           
WHO:          Vic Bertrand, Chief Innovation Officer, Mega Brands Inc.
          Marc Bertrand, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mega Brands Inc.
          Victor Bertrand Sr., Chairman of the Board, Mega Brands Inc.
          Francis Scarpaleggia, Liberal MP for Lac St. Louis
          Warren Lumsden, 31-year-old who lives with autism will perform National Anthem.
          Suzanne Lanthier, Executive Director - Autism Speaks Canada
           
          Toys "R" Us Mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe, Mega Bloks Mascot, Mr. Kool Aid  & Star Wars Troupe
           
WHEN:          Sunday June 19, 2011
          Press Check In: 8:30 am
          9:45 a.m. Opening ceremonies
          10:00 a.m Walk begins
          11:30 AM Closing Ceremony and Salute to Dads
           
WHERE:          Stade Uniprix, 285 rue Faillon Ouest

About Autism: Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioural challenges. 1 in every 110 children is now diagnosed with autism - 1 in 70 boys. There is no cure for autism. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. Services and support for children, adults and their families are sorely lacking in Montreal and across Canada. For more information about the Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please contact Lisa Wedmann, 647-284-4175 or lisa.wedmann@autismspeaks.org.

MEGA Brands
MEGA Brands is a trusted family of leading global brands in construction toys, games & puzzles, arts & crafts and stationery. They offer engaging creative experiences for children, families and collectors through innovative, well-designed, affordable and high-quality products. Visit http://www.megabrands.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter @megabrands.

The MEGA logo, Mega Bloks, Rose Art, MEGA Puzzles, MEGA Games and Board Dudes are trademarks of MEGA Brands Inc. or its affiliates.

SOURCE Autism Speaks Canada

For further information:

Lisa Wedmann, Manager, Communications
647-284-4175; lisa.wedmann@autismspeaks.org


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