Hundreds participated in Montreal’s first annual 2.5 km Walk4Friendship this Sunday, at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in Côte St. Luc.
The event is intended to create public awareness about children with special needs while raising funds for The Friendship Circle of Montreal, which has been helping families of children with special needs since its inception in 2001, The Suburban reported.
More than 650 students have volunteered to bring the spirit of friendship and acceptance to the hundreds of children who participate in Friendship Circle’s recreational, social, and educational programs, as well as summer and winter camps.
Participants of the walk, Jews and non Jews, enjoyed a variety of family activities, entertainment, and refreshments.
The organization, headed by Rabbi Yosef and Sima Paris, is in the midst of an $8 million campaign to build the future Friendship Centre and LifeTown, inspired by the Kaufman LifeTown in West Bloomfield, MI.
This 26,000 sq. ft. facility in Côte des Neiges, a block away from the Jewish General Hospital, will offer a unique educational setting for many public school students with special needs who will use the realistic town setting of the LifeTown to acquire real life skills.
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