Support the Special Olympians

The Special Olympics crew will be at McDonald’s raising pledges for the next few weeks.

For the third consecutive year, local athletes will take part in a Walk-A-Thon to raise money for travel to and from the several B.C. communities which host Special Olympics programs year-round.

The group raised $5,050 last year and John Dawson, chair of the Walk-A-Thon, says this year the goal is to beat that total.

The group not only incurs travel expenses but also has to pay for sports equipment and to rent out local facilities such as the bowling alley and the pool for training.

This year’s Walk-A-Thon, which takes place Sun., April 3 at 1 p.m. from Rotary Beach to Hidden Harbour, will go a long way in helping our athletes.

Some of the athletes, along with Dawson, will be set up in the downtown McDonald’s lobby collecting pledges Tuesday and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.