Posted by: Autism Speaks | September 16, 2010

2010 Edmonton Walk Now for Autism Speaks

It was all sun, fun, bubbles and smiles at Rundle Park in Edmonton, Alberta Canada – the most northern walk city on the North American Walk Now for Autism Speaks ‘tour’. On Sunday, September 12, the 3rd Annual Edmonton Capital Region Walk saw over 2,000 walkers gather on a beautiful fall day to honour the special role that grandparents play in the lives of families with a loved one living with an ASD and to pay tribute to the founders of Autism Speaks – grandparents themselves – Bob and Suzanne Wright. Deb Samagalski, one half of the dynamic Walk Chair duo, served as event MC and welcomed special guests Police Chief Mike Boyd, MP Mike Lake and 14-year old son Jaden and the Toys”R”Us Edmonton Team led by the awesome Brenda Hargreaves.

Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont, Mike Lake with 14 year old son (and one of our Top Fund Raisers) thank the crowd for supporting Autism Speaks Canada

Top Walk Team Step by STEPP joined by over 30 members of the Grand Club have helped bring Walk totals to-date to over $123,000.

The event saw a very popular First Responders area – complete with firetrucks, police cruisers and first aid vehicles – where kids dressed up in uniform and interacted with the firemen and policewomen.

Special thanks to the formidable Geoff Samagalski for his incredible work in organizing this event – the biggest and best yet!

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