The 9th Annual Trek For Tourette is happening March 26th.
On Trek will see Muskoka residents putting their feet to the pathways for a 5 km charity fun walk in Gravenhurst to support Tourette Canada in its annual fundraising drive.
“Last year we had 60 ‘trekkers’ and we raised $5000,” says event organizer Shawn Forth, Muskoka TS Resource Unit leader.
This year he’s again hoping for 50-60 trekkers, and to match or better last year’s funds raised. The Trek will be going ahead rain or shine (or snow or sleet).
“The month of March was chosen for the Trek because the weather’s unpredictable just like Tourette,” says Forth.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on the grassroots nature of our organization, but the needs of our stakeholders are outgrowing our ability to service them,” explains Janet Rumsey, National Trek Coordinator and current member of the Board of Directors. “With more than 1 in 50 kids being diagnosed with TS and/or one of its associated disorders like OCD and ADHD—not to mention other conditions like anxiety and rage disorders – it’s time we as a nation recognize that neurodevelopmental disorders are mainstream and growing rapidly in the frequency of their diagnosis.”
Rumsey, a mother of four boys with TS who has Tourette Syndrome herself. Tourette Canada relies on the generosity of Canadians to support its ongoing work to educate, promote awareness, and provide a supportive network to families diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.
The Muskoka Trek for Tourette will be taking place at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, starting in the Terry Fox Room at noon. The Trek beings at 1pm and goes through downtown Gravenhurst over a 5km route.
Any community members interested in trekking are asked to register online at www.tourette.ca/trek Pledges can be made online, and a manual pledge form can also be downloaded from the site.
About Tourette Canada—Established in 1976, Tourette Canada is the only federally registered, charitable organization of volunteers assisting individuals affected by TS and its associated disorders. They are dedicated to creating awareness and understanding of TS through education, advocacy, and support. To make a donation or to get involved, visit www.tourette.ca/trek