Everyone Invited to Join the Walk
ELLSWORTH/BAR HARBOR – Area children and adults with autism, their family members and caregivers, College of the Atlantic students and anyone who wishes to join will participate in Downeast Horizons’ sixth- annual Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon in Bar Harbor on Thursday, April 24.
The 2-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. at Agamont Park, at the bottom of Main Street overlooking the town pier and Frenchman’s Bay.
“Everyone is encouraged, invited and welcome to join us and cheer on these enthusiastic adults and children who not only hope to raise awareness of autism, but also to raise funds for their programs,” observes Tony Zambrano, executive director of Downeast Horizons.
Donations and proceeds from the Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon will allow continued growth of the autism resource library at Downeast Horizons. This resource enables families, friends and staff to understand the unique needs of those with autism spectrum disorders, Mr. Zambrano said. Proceeds will also fund social groups, activities for the children, and early intervention public service messages.
“This is a wonderful event where children and adults with autism can team with the community to help create awareness about autism and once more celebrate Autism Awareness Month,” said Nikki Cutchens, children’s administrator at Downeast Horizons.
Downtown businesses are encouraged to show their support by displaying posters and signs announcing the Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon. Camden National Bank and Acadia Trust are major sponsors of this year’s event.
Information about the Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon, including pledge and donation forms, is available on the Downeast Horizons website, www.dehi.org, or by calling 1-855-894-3599. Everyone who raises $25 or more will receive a commemorative t-shirt.
The walk will follow a route from Agamont Park up Main Street all the way to Park Street, by the town athletic fields. From Park Street, walkers will follow Ledgelawn Avenue back downtown. The route then proceeds up Mount Desert Street, over to Cottage Street and back to Agamont Park.
This event is rain or shine!