TORONTO, May 31, 2019 – The 13th annual Autism Speaks Canada Walk takes place this Sunday, June 2, at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. A three kilometer walk around Toronto’s City Hall, the event brings together families, individuals, friends, coworkers and communities to celebrate with one another and raise funds and awareness for individuals with autism and their families. Under the theme ‘Powered by Love’, the walk is expected to attract 2,000 people in Toronto.
“Our walks directly impact the lives of individuals and families,” said Jill Farber, executive director for Autism Speaks Canada. “We are so grateful for the work of our volunteers and the support we’ve received from our partners and friends, including Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us Canada. Through these walks and their in-store campaigns, Toy”R”Us Canada plays a pivotal role in helping us improve access to important resources and services for families. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”
Held in numerous cities across Canada, Autism Speaks Canada Walks is the signature fundraising program for Autism Speaks Canada. Since the first walk, they have raised more than $13.6 million in support of enhancing lives today and building a spectrum of solution for tomorrow for individuals with autism and their families.
Walkers are encouraged to raise funds and enjoy the day complete with family-fun activities, quiet zone, an ASC Connect resource fair and, of course, the three kilometer walk. All participants who raise $150 or more will receive a commemorative Tommy Hilfiger 2019 ASC WALK T-shirt.
Other Walk sponsors of the walk and ASC include Cineplex, Kernels Extraordinary Popcorn and local sponsors EllisDon, Oracle RMS, TMDL, Riverwood Senior Living and Starbucks.
For a complete list of Autism Speaks Canada Walks taking place throughout the country, including those taking place this weekend in Montreal, Saskatoon and Ottawa, visit www.ASCWalk.ca
About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Causes include a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as gastrointestinal disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 70 million people globally. Approximately 1 in 66 children and youth are diagnosed with ASD in Canada.
About Autism Speaks Canada:
Autism Speaks Canada is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families by supporting and working with community partners; enhancing resources and services; increasing understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Learn more and join the conversation:
- Company Website: www.AutismSpeaks.ca
- Walk Website: www.ASCWalk.ca
- Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn @AutismSpeaksCanada
- Twitter @AutismSpeaksCan
About Toys”R”Us (Canada) Ltd (“Toys “R” Us Canada”)
Since 1984, Toys”R”Us Canada has been Canada’s dedicated specialty retailer of toys and baby products. The company brings national brands, exclusive products, innovative loyalty programs and unique partnerships to Canadians at its 82 stores across Canada, its Toybox pop-up store in Guelph, Ontario and through its e-commerce sites Toysrus.ca and Babiesrus.ca. Committed to giving back to its communities, the company focuses its charity efforts on supporting children and their families – whether enhancing resources and services, helping development through play or offering encouragement to seriously ill children. Toys”R”Us Canada is a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.
For further information:
Director, Marketing & Communications, Autism Speaks Canada
(647)241-7746 (mobile) (416)362-6227 ext. 208