Autism Speaks Canada Announces their Annual Fundraising Walk Returns to Vancouver / Richmond

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 General News
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TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - Autism Speaks Canada, part of North America's largest autism

science organization, announced that the Vancouver/Richmond Autism Speaks Canada Walk will take place at Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub on Sunday, October 1.  Registration opens at 8:30 with the Walk taking place
at 11:00 am.

The Autism Speaks Canada Walk events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks Canada.  Since they began, they have raised over $11.7 million in support of autism research, services, greater understanding of autism and collaboration with partners across Canada. Powered by Love, the Walk brings individuals and families, friends, coworkers and communities together to support and connect with one another. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds and enjoy the day, complete with family-fun activities, quiet zone, resource fair and walk.  All participants who raise $150 or more qualify for a commemorative 2017 T-shirt.

"Thanks to the tremendous community support and the work of our volunteers, our Autism Speaks Canada Walks continue to provide funding to impact the lives of individuals and families living with autism," said Jill Farber, Executive Director.

"We are also grateful for the dedication of Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us Canada.  Their exemplary support of our Autism Speaks Canada Walk program, in-store fundraising and awareness campaigns such as the Sensory Friendly Shopping event have played a pivotal role in helping us enhance the lives of people with autism.  We couldn't ask for a better partner," said Jill. 

Thank you to Cineplex and our local sponsors Wawanesa Insurance, Westrow Food Group, Global BC and CKNW Radio.  

It's not too late to register to walk, fundraise and donate for Sunday's walk at or contact Janet Anderson or call 1-888-362-6227. 

About AutismAutism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum. 

About Autism Speaks CanadaAutism spectrum disorder or autism, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism, but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Causes include a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. It is estimated that 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to

About Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"usToys"R"Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies"R"Us are part of Toys"R"Us, Inc., the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys"R"Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit and

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SOURCE Autism Speaks Canada

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