I recently attended the annual Walk for Autism Speaks headed by Autism Speaks Canada. This year, the event took place at Uniprix Stadium on the 26th of May. And we were lucky enough to have helped out with the setting up of booths and the tents the day before. Unluckily, it rained the whole weekend. However, despite the weather, a lot of people came to show their support!
There were several different tents; a refreshments tent where Starbucks gave out coffee to keep everyone warm. A main tent with bouncy castles, cotton candy and popcorn booths, and even face painting booths! It gave me great pleasure watching the kids as they (surprisingly) waited patiently for their faces to transform into a superhero or animal. And once it was done, when they stared at their reflection in the mirror, the joy that would light up on their faces was one of the cutest things I had ever seen in my life. The Walk itself started at 10 AM and everyone joined in on the fun. Even Toys ‘R’ Us’ very own giraffe mascot walked.
The Walk for Autism Speaks was a great success and was able to raise more than $60,000 for research with the help of the sponsors, and Mega Bloks and Toys ‘R’ Us.
This was a great experience, and I was glad to have been a part of it.