Hundreds of residents took part in the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) annual Walk for Autism last Saturday, a seven-mile trek from Mount St. John’s Medical Centre to the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
A release from the RCAS said the event raised approximately $20,000, and “proceeds from the Walk will support the club’s mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families”.
“Thanks to tremendous community support and the work of our wonderful members and volunteers, our Walk for Autism has made an enormous impact on the work that our club is able to support each and every year,” Diana Browne, RCAS Vice President and Chair of the Walk Committee said.
“In addition to raising funds and awareness, the Walk is a chance for families to come together, support each other, and make connections. Working together, we are making great strides toward improving the lives of people with autism and their families.”
RCAS Walk for Autism is the country’s largest fundraising event to enhance the lives of people with autism today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. The event is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers for the special people in their lives living with autism. Funds raised help fuel training and provide critical supports and services.
“In recent years, RCAS has made a significant impact in Antigua & Barbuda. Through its annual fundraiser, RCAS has provided funding to schools including: The Victory Centre Antigua and Adele School,” the release said.
“RCAS has also donated to the Care Project and the National Public Library. In 2018 the club initiated a four-phase training program for educators, school administrators, healthcare professionals and parents.”