ELLSWORTH — Area children and adults with autism, their family members and caregivers and anyone who wishes to join will participate in Downeast Horizons’ annual Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon in Ellsworth on Tuesday, April 20. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Knowlton Park on State Street and will be held rain or shine.
“Everyone is encouraged, invited and welcome to join us and cheer on these enthusiastic adults and children who not only hope to raise awareness of autism, but also to raise funds for their programs,” said Tony Zambrano, executive director of Downeast Horizons.
Donations and proceeds from the Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon will allow continued growth of the autism resource library at Downeast Horizons. This resource enables families, friends and staff to understand the unique needs of those with autism spectrum disorders, Zambrano said. Proceeds also will fund social groups, activities for children, and early intervention public service messages.
Participants will wear masks and walk in smaller groups to spread everyone out. Please use social distancing and follow all CDC guidelines.
Information about the Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon, including pledge and donation forms, is available on the Downeast Horizons website, www.dehi.org, or by calling 855-894-3599. Everyone who raises $25 or more will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
The walk will follow a route from Knowlton Park down State Street and then up Main Street onto School Street and then back to Knowlton Park.