The virtual Walk to End ALS was a day to remember
I reached out to you on June 1 to invite you to join us in 21 Days to Make a Difference. You embraced the daily activities across social media platforms and openly shared your stories, photos, memories, and experiences. What I saw happen online was a community that came together in anticipation of something big! That 21-day countdown brought us to June 21 – Global ALS Awareness Day and the first-ever virtual Walk to End ALS.
We know that our community is strong, resilient and full of passion, and on Sunday, together, we showed the world that no one in the ALS community is alone. In recognition of Global ALS Awareness Day and our first ever virtual Walk to End ALS, hundreds of community members came together on the morning of June 21 at the virtual start line on Facebook to connect and ground ourselves in the purpose of the day, and many of you from across the province completed the first-ever virtual Walk by doing it in your own way. You heard from Dr. David Taylor, VP Research at ALS Canada, myself, Board Member, Catherine Bélanger, ALS Caucus Chair, MP Francis Drouin, and community member – and resident superhero – Steve Gallagher, about how and why your participation in the Walk to End ALS makes a difference. We may have changed how we rally, how we honour, and how we inspire, but we will never change why.
Then at 11:00am ET, we came back together for the virtual finish line where we were joined by hundreds of people in Ontario, across Canada and around the world! People coming together in recognition of Global ALS Awareness Day and celebration of our collective accomplishments. The day was one to remember including emcee extraordinaire, Justin Landry, appearances from Rick Mercer, Sam Roberts, ALS community members, musical entertainment from House of Hamill and Mikhail Laxton, and magic tricks sprinkled throughout! We’ve never done anything like it before. If you missed it, you can watch the Facebook Live archive anytime.
Immediately following the finish line we announced that across Ontario, we were inching toward the $1 million mark. I am so excited that since then, you have raised over $1.1 million for the Walk to End ALS this year! What a remarkable accomplishment that shows the power of our community and collective impact.
Thank you, to each and every one of you. For showing up and supporting the first-ever virtual Walk to End ALS. For rallying together for those living with ALS and honouring those we’ve loved and lost. For raising funds that are so critical for investment in research, community-based support services and advocacy initiatives. This weekend was a reminder that, no matter how physically-distant we may be right now, we are certainly not alone.
This is a very special community and I am honoured to be a part of it.
You can still double your impact!
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