More than 3,000 Central Texans are expected to attend the Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown. This is just one of the 250 walks that are being held across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for Down syndrome programs that benefit individuals and families.
The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to promote acceptance and awareness of people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome are encouraged to invite “buddies,” everyone from friends, families, teachers, legislators, doctors and celebrities, to join them on the walk. Every participant helps promote the importance of understanding, acceptance and awareness.
This event welcomes participants of all ages and abilities who wish to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice.
This year’s local Buddy Walk hopes to raise nearly $200,000, with all funds benefiting Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT), which provides education, support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals and the community.
“DSACT means a lot to me,” says Joshua Rodgers, adult member of DSACT. “It gives me opportunities to experience new activities like attending science classes at The University of Texas and cooking classes at Young Chef’s Academy.”
In addition to the 1-mile walk, the Buddy Walk will feature a variety of sporting activities including basketball, volleyball, disc golf, swimming, tug-of-war, miniature golf, zip lines and an obstacle course. Other activities include bouncy houses, face painting, therapeutic pony rides, karaoke and Zumba classes. Entertainment includes Joe McDermott, Monte Warden, Meg as Taylor Swift, Randy Hinson as Elvis, Cheerleaders Dance Team and Warrior Storm Martial Arts. Also, local fire trucks, helicopters and EMS vehicles will be available for kids to explore.
WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2012 from noon – 4 p.m.
850 C.R. 255
Georgetown, TX 78633
TICKETS: Adults: $20, children 12 and under: $5
Register here or at the event.