Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Thamesville 2017
|Campaign Fundraising Goal: $500.00|
|When: Saturday, September 23, 2017||Registration Opens: 10:00am|
|Where: Ferguson Park||Walk Official Start: 11:00am|
|Where: 32 Wallace St., Thamesville, ON (Directions)|
|Walk Distance: 3 km|
Local Walk Ambassador: Matthew
Matthew is a 20-year old young man who was born in St. Thomas, Ontario and now lives in Thamesville, Ontario. Matt was born almost 2 months early and had problems with projectile vomiting and a low body temperature, but to me he was perfect. When Matt was young, we knew he was unique, and exhibited some unusual behaviours like twiddling his fingers, banging his head, making odd noises, and chewing his shirt sleeves. Sadly, this made him a target for bullies. He has also had difficulty socializing with his peers. Matthew has endured numerous diagnostic tests and diagnoses like Autism, ODD, ADHD, Anxiety disorder and he is also suicidal. As for his schooling, we were told early on that Matthew would never graduate grade 8 and that he would eventually need to be institutionalized. Matt has in fact graduated from grade 12 and lives at home with his mom, dad, brother and sister.
Although, intellectually younger than his years, Matt is happy, especially when playing with tonka trucks, playing in the mud with his sister or playing with anything that has to do with spiders and horses. Matt once asked me what was wrong with him and i showed him a distributer cap and said “well u see that this is wired properly for the car. Well your wiring is a little different, not wrong, just unique.” Matt was happy with that explanation. My sweet handsome son makes everyone in our families’ lives interesting and worth living.
The Walk includes fun activities, performers and snacks, before and after the Walk. Arrive early to give yourself lots of time to visit and enjoy the event with your family and friends!
Upon arrival at your Walk, please proceed to Registration to submit your cash and cheque donations with your pledge form(s). Ensure that your pledge form is clearly labeled with your name and team name (if part of a team) to ensure that you and your team receive recognition for all donations collected.
Be sure to visit the Resource Fair area to learn more about the services and programs that are available in your community. Resource Fairs are a part of our signature Walks. Please contact your Regional Walk Manager for more information or to inquire about a Resource Fair at your Walk.
The Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada event will commence with the opening ceremonies where all participants are invited to gather near the stage for presentations, stories, and fundraising updates. The Walk begins with an official countdown from the stage.
Thamesville Resource Fair:
Click here for a Resource Fair application form.