Hundreds Run and Walk to Help Kids with Special Needs

Group photo of attendees from KidsInclusive Run Walk presentation.

On April 8, 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 kids and families that receive care at the centre.

More than 440 event participants raised more than $32,000 with proceeds from the run/walk being used in various ways to benefit clients of KHSC’s KidsInclusive program. 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

The run/walk event has raised awareness and more than $300,000 for the KidsInclusive program over the past 22 years. 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.

“These funds will continue to help kids and adolescents in our community and beyond 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.”  – Liz Wilson, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation






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