Rain or shine, the 8th annual edition of Walk4Friendship will be taking place Oct. 9 on Mount Royal. The event is organized by Friendship Circle, a local non-profit organization where kids, teens and young adults with special needs take part in a multitude of inclusive programs and workshops in the company of a “buddy” volunteer. Weekly activities include yoga, cooking, hockey and dance.
Racheli Edelkopf, program developer and family support coordinator, says the organization tries to build lifelong relationships between the community and young people with special needs and to create a more inclusive environment.
Last year, Walk4Friendship raised $500,000. Participants can register to raise money individually or as a team and will either do the two-kilometre walk or the five-kilometre run. After the walk, kids can get their portraits drawn by caricaturists; enjoy live music, a photo booth, performances by circus artists and a reptile zoo. There will also be food and drinks available.
The event begins at noon near Beaver Lake. For more information or to register, visit walk4friendship.ca.