The 7th annual Adoption FUNWALK in support of the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) was bigger than ever this year – thank you for being a part of our success!! We had almost twice as many registrants as last year so were glad that Solar Power Network, our presenting sponsor for the 6th year in a row, brought the sunshine. Jill Goodman from Solar Power Network led the way as we walked (or strolled) the 1km route through the beautiful Cabbagetown neighborhood. Returning back to Riverdale Park to much needed refreshment curtesy of Flow Water and overflowing gift bags full of goodies, compliments of Whole Foods. The FUN continued with our Candyland FUNFAIR full of crazy games and super prizes (designed and produced by the amazing, award winning volunteer, Carol Deighton). The park was alive with music played by our awesome DJ, Collin from Feedback Event Services. Munching on cotton candy and popcorn, served by volunteers by Scotiabank Yonge and Eglinton Branch, our Food Sponsor, we watched great live music followed by a wonderful magic show by Rayn Magic.
Standing on stage to deliver the welcoming remarks I was very moved to see so many people; adoptive families, prospective adoptive parents, adoptees, foster families, birth parents, as well as people who have had no direct experiences with adoption but came out to support ACO and it’s innovative and evidence based programs.
Maybe even some prospective parents met their future kids, just like my family did at FUNWALK 2015. [Aviva’s FunWalk Story]
With donations still coming in, we are able to announce at this time that the event has raised over $50,000. We will continue to work towards our annual goal of $80,000 by December 31, 2015. This will ensure we can continue to match more kids and families and support these families through their adoption journey. IT IS NOT TO LATE TO DONATE! Every dollar is an investment in building families. We will continue to update you on how our campaign is going as we come closer to the end of the year.
Planning has already begun for FUNWALK 2016, so make a note in your calendar to join us for a SUPER HERO sized FUNWALK September 18, 2016.
We are so grateful to have your support and for everyone—volunteers, sponsors, donors, and registrants who share our vision of a province where every child and youth has a family to grow up and grow old in.
If you have any feedback about the event, please feel free to contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 416-482-0021.
Check out our FunWalk photo album on Facebook! Did you get some snapshots at FunWalk? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter #AdoptionFunWalk15
Aviva Zukerman Schure
FunWalk 2015 Coordinator
Thanks to our Sponsors!
Alex Filiatrault and Dr. Graham Smith
Joel Rotstein and Frank Chester
The Mark Daniels and Andrea Weissman-Daniels Foundation
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