HEADS UP Walk-a-thon News

Posted on June 30, 2011 by By Sue Hillis, Executive Director

starting line of the 2011 walk-a-thonThank you to the London community for supporting our 3rd annual Heads Up Walkathon! On a cool, rainy Saturday June 25th we were excited to see all of our ‘walkers’ show up, along with a record 42 volunteers - who kept everything running smoothly, ensuring that everyone could enjoy their snacks, learn about brain injuries at the awareness stations, and not get lost en route!!

The Sheridan Band was amazing as always. All morning, the face painter ‘girls’ had a steady line up of children looking forward to their turn at becoming a new character for the day. Our sponsors, Cora’s and Grocerycheckout.com, made sure we had wonderful refreshments for the walkers. As well we had visits from 3 radio stations and the new media kid in town ‘London Community News’. We had great door prizes from Husky and Scholars Choice, and our MC Nick Paparella kept us on track, and did some cool movespicture of UWO warmup crew with our warm up crew of UWO Physio students. We had a surprise visit from our Attorney General, the Honorable Chris Bentley, who showed us that he can walk as well as run!

We appreciate the support of all of these folks to help us raise funds for our "Enriching Lives" client subsidy fund. All of the proceeds from the Walk-a-thon go directly into this Fund which helps pay for activities that our clients are not able to afford on their fixed incomes. This includes things like wheelchair repairs, additional programming supplies like Karaoke machines, YMCA memberships, tickets to sporting activities, camping trips etc.

Brain Injury Awareness Month has come to a close for another year, and we are hopeful that we have alerted more people in our community to the impact that brain injuries can have on individuals and their loved ones. Brain injuries are forever, and although a person living with the effects of an ABI can make adjustments to their life, and incredible gains are made on the rehabilitation journey, some things are never the same as before the injury. If you have questions about services, want to volunteer, or explore a career in supporting people in your community living with the effects of a brain injury please contact us.

What is ABI informationAlso remember that prevention is vitally important. We hope that through our awareness initiatives, some people who didn’t wear helmets while playing sports, or cycling are now making sure that they have a properly fitted helmet (see article elsewhere on this website), and are encouraging friends and families to wear one too. Make it a safe summer!