IT’S fundraising – 21st century style.
On Sunday March 31 Australians started the Walk for Autism; a virtual walking challenge in which they aim to rack up 10,000 steps a day for eight consecutive days.
It’s hoped this year’s walk, which coincides with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, will raise $1.4 million to support people on the autistic spectrum.
The walk is organised by Autism Spectrum Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that has one of the biggest autism-specific school programs in the world.
ASA CEO Adrian Ford said the walk was a great way for the community to show their support by doing a walking challenge at their own pace, in their own time.
“One step at a time, we’re edging closer to a world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left behind,” Mr Ford said.
“It is estimated that one in 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum.
Our goal is to make sure that each individual has the opportunity to reach their full potential, whilst living in a supportive and inclusive community.”
Funds raised will help more than 18,000 autistic people in communities across Australia.
At the time of going to print, the walk had raised nearly $1.1 million and on track to meet its target.
To find out more about the walk go to http://www.walkforautism.org.au