Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Normanby Community School
574 Louisa St. Ayton, ON
On Sunday March 25th the 10th Annual Trek for Tourette will see Ayton & surrounding area residents putting their feet to the pathways for a 5 km charity fun walk starting and ending at Normanby Community School to support Tourette Canada in its annual fundraising drive.
The third time hosted by the Tone family of West Grey, this annual 5km Trek raises awareness and funding for programs that support people with Tourette syndrome. Held across Canada, always the last weekend of March, the unpredictability of the weather signifies the way that TS unpredictably affects a young person. In 2017 the West Grey Trek for Tourette produced the second largest national fundraising amount next to Winnipeg, raising an astounding $10,300.00!
Organized by Wyland Tone, a grade 6 student at Normanby Community School, and his family, Wyland wants to share his story and help build awareness for the Tourette syndrome that he contends with every day. Wyland describes that when someone has TS, it causes them to “tic” and have movements and sounds that cannot be controlled. He is happy that everyone at school has taken time to learn a little bit about Tourette syndrome and how it affects him. It’s his hope that one day people will see that being different is no big deal and you have to look past the disability to see the person inside. He encourages people to always be nice to others because you don’t know what they are fighting every day.
The success of the event reflects the tremendous support of the community. Additional fundraising incentives being planned for the day include a ‘kiss the pig’ competition between the school principle, a teacher and the janitor, who is also Wyland’s father. A silent auction, bake sale, and hot dog fundraiser are available for trekkers, as well as tickets for a quilt donated by the Four Corner’s Quilters Guild.
Pick up a pledge sheet and plan to join us on Sunday, March 25th from 12:30 – 5pm to Trek or Tourette at the Normanby Community School. To make a donation or to get involved, visit www.tourette.ca/trek or visit the West Grey – Ayton Chapter Trek for Tourette Facebook Page