Autism Society Ontario — Durham Region

Autism Ontario - Durham Region

Please support Autism Ontario — Durham Region in the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon / Half Marathon & 5k Charity Challenge, taking place on Sunday, October 20th. This will be our seventh year participating in this event, and we need your help to meet our goal of raising $10,000 to support our programs for individuals with autism and their families living in Durham Region.

We participate in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge to help raise awareness about autism, as well as raise much-needed funds to meet the ever-increasing demand for our programs and services offered throughout the year. Every dollar raised through our participation in this event is used to support our programs for families affected by autism, including parent support groups, our summer recreational funding program, autism resources, education and awareness programs, and various social and recreational activities for individuals with autism and their families.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the most common developmental disabilities, yet there is still a great deal of misconceptions and lack of understanding in the community. The prevalence rate of ASD is 1 in 94*. In Ontario, there is an estimated 100,000 individuals with ASD. Autism is a lifelong disability, affecting communication, behaviour and social skills.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Simply DONATE, RUN or WALK with us!

A. SPONSOR SOMEONE ON OUR TEAM "Autism Ontario – Durham Region"

  1. To make a secure credit card donation online, visit www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/charity.htm#official. You will receive an official tax receipt from Autism Ontario for a donation of $20 or more; or,
  2. To make a donation by cheque, please mail your cheque to Autism Ontario – Durham Region, P.O. Box 40008, Whitby, ON L1R 0G2, indicating "STWM Charity Challenge Donation" and the team member's name (if applicable). Tax Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or greater.

B. REGISTER TO RUN OR WALK in the 5K, Half-Marathon or Marathon, and collect pledges for Autism Ontario – Durham Region

Click the link below to join our team. Be sure to select “Autism Ontario-Durham Region” from the Charity Challenge drop-down menu. Use discount code 13STWMSCC to receive a reduced registration fee. To register participants under 12 years of age, use discount code 13KIDSDISC12. All team members must raise a minimum of $50 and will have a chance to win some great prizes. While the majority of participants choose to fundraise online, an offline pledge sheet is also available for anyone wishing to collect pledges by cash and/or cheque.

Participants who commit to collecting a minimum of $200 in pledges for Autism Ontario – Durham Region are eligible for free registration to this year's event. Please contact us PRIOR to registering for details.

If you would like more information about how to have your registration fee waived, or have any other questions, please contact Candace at 905-432-5092 or autismdurham.fundraising@gmail.com.

For more information about autism and our chapter, please visit our website at www.autismontario.com/durham.

Thanks for your support!

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