VANCOUVER, Oct. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Autism Speaks Canada, part of North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, announced that Vancouver's Autism Speaks Canada Walk will take place this Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the brand new Pacific Autism Family Centre in Richmond, BC. Registration opens at 8:30 with the Walk taking place at 10:00 am. All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks Canada's work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about autism spectrum disorder, fund autism research and family support services, and collaborate with leaders across the country. Autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed in 1 in every 68 children.
The Autism Speaks Canada Walk events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks Canada, raising nearly $1.2 million in 2015 to support autism research, services, awareness and advocacy.
Autism Speaks Canada Walk is a unique fundraising event that offers a safe and fun day for families living with autism. The event includes a Walk, family-fun activities, quiet zone as well as a Community Resource Fair that includes local service providers and nonprofit organizations, making it a true "one-stop-shop" for families living with autism.
"Thanks to tremendous community support and the work of our wonderful volunteers, our Autism Speaks Canada Walk event has made an enormous impact on the work that our organization is able to support each and every year," said Jill Farber, Executive Director. "In addition to raising funds and awareness, the Walk is a chance for families to come together, support each other, and make connections. Working together, we are making great strides towards impacting the lives of everyone living with autism. 2016 is particularly special as the Walk moves to its new permanent home at the Pacific Autism Family Centre"
"Thanks to the help of Walkers, sponsors and volunteers, 2016 is poised to be a great success," said Melanie Haydon, National Director Walks and Community Events, Autism Speaks Canada.
Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® will proudly serve as National Presenting Sponsors of the Autism Speaks Canada Walk. Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us will host a tented area at The Walk, thank you to our Local Media Sponsors - Global TV, 102.7 The Peak and JR FM.
For more information about the 2016 Autism Speaks Canada Walk - Vancouver, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.ca or contact you're the Autism Speaks Canada regional Walk manager at [email protected]
SOURCE Autism Speaks Canada
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