Twin Lakes Village residents and team members hosted a WALK-IT challenge on Sept. 24 that raised $221 for the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario.
The Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario challenges people every year to raise money for the organization through WALK-IT fundraisers. During these events, participants host a walk in their community that raises awareness of Parkinson’s disease.
The WALK-IT for Parkinson’s website states that proceeds from the campaign help support services, education, advocacy and research in southwestern Ontario. According to its website, the WALK-IT for Parkinson’s campaign raised more than $430,000 in 2018.
Twin Lakes Village residents and team members walked along the sidewalk in front of the Sarnia senior living community as part of their WALK-IT challenge.
To raise funds, Twin Lakes Village hosted a raffle throughout August that was open to all residents, team members and families. All the raffle baskets were donated from people within the local community.
Residents and team members created a board displaying paper shoes decorated with the names of people they were doing the challenge for, notes Twin Lakes Village fun co-ordinator Emily Prior.
The event included music, balloons and a celebration of coffee and cookies after the walk.
“Overall I think this was a great event and the residents really enjoyed it,” Emily tells S&R Today.
Some residents were eager to host a WALK-IT challenge in 2020.
“It was a lot of fun; I hope we do it again next year,” one Twin Lakes Village resident who participated in the walk said after the event.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The condition affects an estimated 55,000 Canadians aged 18 and older, according to Statistics Canada.