Walk 10,000 steps a day for 8 days to raise vital funds for people with autism and their families.
Registrations are now officially open, giving everyone time to fundraise ahead of the walk which will begin on March 26th and end on World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.
Fundraising Manager at Autism Initiatives Group, Liz Oakley said: “Typically we would encourage our walkers to become part of a community that would meet up and take on the challenge together. Although last year this wasn’t possible, we were blown away by the comradery that we saw among participants on a virtual level.
“We’re encouraging people to sign up to Walk for Autism and support us in raising funds that will help us to change lives one step at a time. Autism affects more than 700,000 people in the UK and Ireland and it’s so important that we help as many of those people as we can through the projects undertaken by Autism Initiatives.
“As we all continue to adjust to a ‘new normal’, the change is especially difficult for people with autism and for their families to comprehend and manage. With that in mind, we hope that by collectively taking part in Walk for Autism we can contribute to something positive among the disruption and help to secure support where it’s needed.”
The team are encouraging walkers to raise £10 a day across the 8 day challenge although greater donations will really help to make a difference. Once registered, walkers will be able to set up their own unique fundraising page and connect with others online via a dedicated Facebook group. After an initial donation, participants will receive their very own Walk for Autism t-shirt.
Liz added: “It’s an opportunity for us to don our trainers and get outdoors. The last year has been tough for everyone and walking has been proven to help with mental wellbeing. We hope this challenge will keep people motivated to put their physical and mental health first, whether that’s by stepping outside for fresh air or simply using it to help build a routine that adds some structure to their day-to-day lives”.
Walk for Autism is a fundraising campaign led by charity Autism Initiatives Group (registered charity number 1170634) who have been working to improve the lives of autistic people and their families across the UK and Ireland for almost 50 years.
For more information, or to sign up, visit www.walkforautism.co.uk