A walk in the park

Central Leader - - News -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple are due to gather at Takahi Re­serve in Mt Eden this Sun­day for the Down Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Buddy Walk.

The 3.5km walk will also co­in­cide this year with World Down Syn­drome Day on Satur­day.

It is the fourth year the Buddy Walk has been held in Auck­land and aims to pro­mote ac­cep­tance and in­clu­sion of peo­ple with down syn­drome.

Started 14 years ago in the United States, the Buddy Walk has grown from 17 events to more than 280 around the world.

More than 250,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated last year, rais­ing $10.5 mil­lion to ben­e­fit ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and ad­vo­cacy ini­tia­tives.

The walk in Takahi Re­serve starts at 10am and will be fol­lowed by a fun fair with en­ter­tain­ment, food stalls and celebri­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter for the walk by down­load­ing a regis­tra­tion form from www. bud­dy­walknz.org or can reg­is­ter on the day at 9am.

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