This event is an annual fund raising fun walk that is registered to ALCMF and nominations are received to hold the National Launch each September from clubs around the country.
Beyond the Launch it is an opportunity for all Clubs, big or small, at any time of the year to bring their community together, have some exercise, some fun and also raise funds for the Foundation. The Fun Walk can be –
- In a park
- In a retirement village
- On a beach
- Within school grounds
Clubs must organise all the necessary paperwork and permits (with Council, Police) if required.
Sometimes, schools will allow the Fun Walk to take place within the school sporting program, if sufficient timing is given. Trustees hold a Walk For An Aussie Kid Kit prepared by DC Diane Unwin and Past DC Lioness Liz Alcock., which is a very clearly set out, step by step guide to hosting the event. Please contact your local Trustee for more information. They’d love to help you!
WALK FOR AN AUSSIE KID 2016 NATIONAL LAUNCH.
THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL
Even variable and inclement weather could not stop around 40 of the supporters of the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation from gathering in the grounds of the Trinity Gardens Primary School for the national launch of the Foundation’s feature project – Walk for an Aussie Kid. The South Australian Education and Child Development’s advertised ethos states ‘Every Chance for Every Child’ and this fits nicely with the Foundation’s motto – ‘May every child walk with pride’. This event was held with the support of the St Morris Unit for Disabled Children, which is in the grounds of Trinity Gardens Primary School.
Sponsored by family, friends and the community, these supporters walked many circuits of the new and improved concrete track on the top oval. Nearby school fruit and vegetable gardens, native gardens and adventure playground areas added to the beautiful setting. While some watched, many walked. A disabled child announced the start of the walk and advised she had held an event beforehand which raised $500. Walkers were led around the track by one of the Foundation’s recipient of a walker which showed just what the event was for. Two disabled children walked 11 laps of the track with their walkers, one of them because ‘that is how old I am’.
While the event was primarily for raising awareness and funds for walkers, there is always a social side to such a WFAAK event. In this case it was breakfast of bacon, egg, sausage and onions to warm the body and raffles, stalls, Hearing Dogs, and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Police to entertain the children.
DGs are born leaders and the example here was set by the performance of C1 fearless leader, DG Paddy McKay, which eclipsed all others because she just would not give up. Well done DG Paddy. Despite the variable weather it was a wonderful day for all.
All clubs can experience the high that this event gives to its organisers and participants alike. Held in a school with a disabled unit or a retirement village at any time of the year this can bring joy to many. We encourage all Clubs to give it a try and help those less fortunate than most of us, to ‘Walk with Pride’. Please contact us for advice on the process.
Lion Lyn Pysden
Queensland Trustee ALCMF.