Fifteen locations across Canada held events, with the West Grey walk contributing 16% of the $93,000 raised. The cities of Calgary and Victoria round out the top three in this annual spring walk. Trek for Tourette is the only national fundraiser for Tourette syndrome (TS).
“West Grey continues to be defined by our spirit of community and our dedicated volunteers,” said Mayor Kevin Eccles. “This is a significant accomplishment and could not have happened without a lot of hard work, commitment and community support. Heartfelt congratulations to the Tones and everyone who participated in and contributed to this important fundraiser.”
West Grey’s event organizer, Angie Tone, credits the success of the third annual West Grey walk to the support and contributions of the community, businesses and partners.
“The community support was tremendous,” Tone said. “We had 150 walkers that collected pledges and showed support by participating in our silent auction, bake sale and competitions.”
“None one of this is possible without the donations of our business community and organizations. The Bluewater District School Board awarded us use of Normanby Community School to host the event, several businesses contributed prizes to the silent auction and RBC made a donation of $1000,” she added.
The Tones originally started hosting the Trek for Tourette locally to raise funds and promote education for this brain-based condition that their son, Wyland, deals with daily. TS causes people who have it to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics that are hard for many to relate to or understand. By building awareness, the hope is to reduce the stigma associated with these involuntary actions.
Wyland offers an inspiring perspective: “I am a grade 6 student at Normanby Community School and I have Tourette syndrome. I am happy that everyone at school has taken time to learn a little bit about Tourette syndrome & how it affects me. My hope is 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. Always be nice to others because you don’t know what they are fighting every day.”
The Tones have set up a Facebook page: @WestGreyAytonTrekforTourette or you can learn more by visiting www.tourette.ca.
About West Grey
Located in Grey County, and serving a population of just over 13,000, the Municipality of West Grey is a combination of rural, farm communities, friendly urban centres and quaint villages. With our quintessential ‘small-town Ontario’ vibe, our calming, yet breathtaking scenery, and recreation for every season, West Grey is a wonderful place to visit and a welcoming place to call home.
Laura Johnston, CAO