Community Ready to Walk-n-Roll for Variety - the Children's Charity

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - On Sunday, September 23, Variety - the
Children's Charity hosts its first-ever 5K "Walk-n-Roll" charity walk in
support of Variety Village. This is a family-oriented, community fundraising
event that's fun for everyone.
    Variety's goal is to raise $250,000 to support Variety Village's
integrated fitness programs that make a profound difference in the spirit and
lives of children and youth with disabilities across Ontario. Rain or shine,
participants will walk or wheel their way along the route through local
neighbourhood streets in support of this worthy cause.
    "This is Variety's first Walk-n-Roll and we're very excited to see the
support we've had from the community," said Lynne Wallace, Variety's president
and CEO. "We're looking forward to continuing Walk-n-Roll as an annual event
to raise funds for essential programs that benefit thousands of children with
special needs."
    After the walk, families, friends and neighbours gather at the Village
for a tasty BBQ lunch. Soccer fans have an exciting opportunity to meet and
greet two Toronto FC players and get autographs too. Great entertainment
includes: a steel drum band, the Parker Band and Elvis impersonator, Shane
Jeffery. Toronto Police Service's, Blinky, the talking car will share safety
tips and Toronto Raptor Girls will host a raffle.
    Walkers, baby strollers, wheelchairs and power wheelchairs are all
permitted - and encouraged. However, for safety's sake, in-line skates,
skateboards and bicycles are not permitted on the walk.
    For more information visit

    About Variety - The Children's Charity

    Variety in Ontario works with young people with disabilities and those
who face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. Variety is a
world recognized authority providing integrated sports and life skills
programs, applied research and learning programs that change children's lives
and strengthen communities.

    About Variety Village

    The flagship project of the charity, Variety Village is fitness and life
skills facility recognized as a world leader in offering programs and services
that help individuals of all abilities develop a greater sense of
independence, self-worth, confidence and well-being.

    Variety Village offers:

    -   Community-based sports and recreation programs

    -   Competitive Sport Teams allowing young athletes of all abilities to
        participate in competitive swimming, synchronized swimming,
        wheelchair basketball, fencing, martial arts

    -   Sports Camps to help develop skills and enhance self-esteem

    -   An Adapted Physical Education program for school classes and
        community groups

    -   An Outreach Program that promotes adaptive recreation, inclusion, and
        active living for schools, community groups, and businesses

    -   An Inclusion Certification Program

    -   A Co-operative Education and Placement Program for high school,
        college and university students

For further information:

For further information: Lynda Elmy, Communications Manager, Variety -
The Children's Charity, (416) 367-2828, Ext. 249,

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