Brantford, ON – Hundreds of costumed Lansdowne Heroes assembled together to circle a one kilometer course around Brant Conservation Area, walking and rolling in support of our region’s children’s treatment centre and the programs provided to families of infants, children and youth with special needs.
For more AMAZING photos from this event, visit our Facebook page @HeroesWalkandRoll and view the photo albums provided by Danovision Productions and Lansdowne Children's Centre.
The 5th annual Heroes Walk and Roll family fun carnival presented by BioDesign Prosthetics and Orthotics, featured many games for children to experience, as well as attractions that included a reptile show, magician, balloon creations, an inflatable maze and appearances by super-characters Spider-Man, Batgirl, Robin and Batman.
Proceeds from admission to the event were donated in support of Lansdowne Children’s Centre Foundation, and supplemented by participant fundraising efforts and corporate sponsorships.
As of Saturday afternoon the total raised was over $38,000, and donations continued to arrive into Monday. The fundraising effort was led this year by the Partridge Family, whose team ‘Skittle Beans’ was named for their daughters’ favourite treat.
Twin sisters Brooke and Madelyn are clients of Lansdowne in Brantford, participating in Autism services, and recreation programs sponsored by Lansdowne Foundation. Together they were named youth ambassadors for this year’s event and hosted fundraising activities with their friends, family, and school. Parents Brandon and Chelsea Partridge addressed the crowd of super supporters ahead of the annual walk, saying:
“Thank you for being a hero today, and donating to Lansdowne. We feel that Lansdowne is such a needed staple in our community, and as a family we are committed to helping spread the word of the Centre’s importance.”
Encouraging comments were also shared by local officials that included the Mayor of the County of Brant David Bailey, Ward 5 Councillor - Brantford Mandy Samwell, MP Larry Brock, and MPP Will Bouma. MPP Bouma, who suited-up as Mr. Incredible for the event, took the opportunity to share an update on his office’s efforts to bring a new children’s treatment centre building to the community and increase Lansdowne’s capacity to reach the thousands of families waiting for assessment and service:
“We’re getting closer everyday. I’m looking forward to being able to push on the president of the treasury board shortly in order to help make our dream a reality. I love the work that Lansdowne does. The fact that they see the potential in every single young person in our community…”
Donations to Lansdowne Children's Centre Foundation supplement funding to provide resources, services and support for children and youth, and their families, at Lansdowne Children's Centre.
Foundation donations have been a key partner in providing the Every Kid Counts program, which pairs a support worker with a Lansdowne child/youth client to enable them to attend recreation camps in the community. Foundation funds also contributed to the financial support of 25 weeks of recreation child and youth programs provided by Lansdowne this summer.
To learn more about Heroes Walk and Roll: https://www.lansdownecentre.ca/heroeswalkandroll
To learn more about Lansdowne Foundation: https://www.lansdownecentre.ca/foundation
To learn more about Lansdowne Children’s Centre: https://www.lansdownecentre.ca
Photos from the 5th annual Heroes Walk and Roll event are available at: https://www.facebook.com/heroeswalkandroll/