Hundreds Run and Walk to Help Kids with Special Needs

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On April 7, runners and walkers of all ages laced up their sneakers and capes and hit the streets to raise funds to support the Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s KidsInclusive Centre for Child & Youth Development that supports the children and families who receive care at the centre. 

A record $58,032.62 was raised by more than 520 participants! Proceeds from the run/walk will be used in various ways to benefit clients of KidsInclusive. Funds are used to purchase equipment, support specialized education and training, initiate new programs, and assist families with the exceptional costs associated with raising a child with special needs. KidsInclusive works with children and adolescents with disabilities throughout southeastern Ontario and the Weeneebayko area and communities, along the western James Bay and Hudson Bay. 

“Our event was a big success again this year. We would like to thank all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers for their support.” – Margaret van Beers, Director, KidsInclusive Centre for Child & Youth Development

Over the past 23 years, the run/walk event has raised awareness and more than $300,000 for KidsInclusive. The event is attended annually by hundreds and many enjoy the family-friendly and fun atmosphere that promotes inclusivity and participation for all. In the past several years, a growing number have participated in super hero-themed costumes to encourage everyone to have fun and feel empowered for the day.
“We are so pleased that this event continues to grow and raise funds that directly help kids and adolescents in our community and beyond to get the assistance they need. The event is always an inspiration as young and old come out and enjoy fitness and fun while they help others.”  - Karen Humphreys Blake, President and CEO, Acting, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation