An opportunity to enjoy a walk in the park while raising money for a good cause is happening on Saturday.
The 12th annual Walk for ALS will take place in Assiniboine Park on June 1, and the ALS Society of Manitoba hopes to see you there.
"Last year we had over 1,200 people . . . we’re hoping this year that number will expand to 1,500 or more," said Diana Rasmussen, executive director of the ALS Society.
ALS, which stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — or Lou Gehrig’s disease — is a fatal, rapidly progressing neurological disease that affects about 3,000 Canadians, including more than 260 Manitobans.
Rasmussen says the annual walk is a major fundraiser for the ALS Society, with 60% of funds raised going to services for ALS patients in Manitoba and 40% going to research for a cure. Last year, the walk raised about $190,000.
Services provided by the ALS Society include providing equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, lifts, breathing equipment, as well as support groups and counselling.
The five-kilometre walk around Assiniboine Park begins at 10 a.m. at the Southeast Picnic Area off Locomotive Drive.
Entertainment will include music, Dan the Magic Man, and Bomber mascots Buzz and Boomer. Walkers will also be provided a lunch, sponsored by Extra Foods.
Registration costs $30 (minimum, pledge-takers may raise more) and begins at 9 a.m., or walkers can register on the Thursday before the walk (May 30) at the ALS Society offices, 493 Madison St., from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, or to start the registration process, call Sharon at 204-831-1510 (ext. 4.)