Nov 13, 2012
4 Million Steps For Friendship

More than 950 Montrealers of all ages gathered for a 3.3 kilometre trek around Hampstead Park to raise awareness and funds for the Friendship Circle.

More than 950 Montrealers of all ages gathered on Sunday, October 28th for a 3.3 kilometre trek around Hampstead Park to raise awareness and promote acceptance for children with autism and to raise funds for programming at the Friendship Circle.

“We were celebrating youth engagement and our commitment to support children with special needs and their families,” explained Abie Sterner, Vice President of The Friendship Circle. “One of the strengths of the The Friendship Circle is that it is volunteer-led and involves over 1000 teenagers from across the City.”

“Combined participants took 4,326,300 individual steps, while raising more than $467, 000 for our organization. We are particularly grateful to Groupe Yellow Inc, our lead sponsor for the fourth consecutive year and their generous donation-matching commitment,” added Nochum Segal Q.C., President.

“At every other program, Ariel is on the receiving end. At The Friendship Circle, they made him a volunteer. It makes him feel good to know that he is a contributing member of society, helping others” said Mrs Rissa Mechaly, parent of Friendship Circle family member.

The Walk was followed by a carnival with fun and entertainment aimed at all age groups. Featured this year was the group Acro Yoga, which combines aesthetics from various dance forms including B-boying, modern jazz-ballet, improvisation, and mask-work.

The Friendship Circle believes that all people deserve friendship. It has developed a number of volunteer-led programs for children with special needs, ranging from cooking classes and art and crafts, to hockey tournaments and basketball games. A key initiative is the weekly visits of pairs of teenage volunteers to the homes of children with special needs, giving parents respite while the child enjoys home-made fun with his/her teen friends.


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1
GO CHAVA FRINLETH
WE MISS U
YOUR FRIENDS FROM TORONTO
(11/13/2012 8:16:11 PM)
2
GO MUSHKY
MUSHKY LOOKS LIKE AN AMAZING PROGRAM! JOB WELL DONE! - THE GLAZERS :)
(11/13/2012 8:17:34 PM)
3
Hurray for Aidel Goldstein
so proud, u do amazing work! Congratulations on such a successful event! Love YC
(11/13/2012 8:37:08 PM)
4
Labeleeee
Your amazing! keep up the great work! Kert a velt!
(11/13/2012 9:17:02 PM)
5
#1 tourist...
go you!
(how many pictures did you take at the walk?)
(11/13/2012 9:41:34 PM)
6
Go bcms
Go bcms 5773 girls!!Good job:)
(11/14/2012 2:25:36 AM)
7
eyyyyyyy
leible its your biggest fan from Monsey NY

(11/14/2012 6:57:38 AM)
8
Montreal Fan
Friendship Circle - the Rebbes most important Mosad!
(11/14/2012 7:49:44 AM)
9
GO FC MTRL!!
FC Montreal is THE BEST!! I'm not even from there, but i volunteered. Such amazing staff and wonderful kids! Loved every minute of it!
(11/14/2012 10:10:17 AM)
10
WHY?!!
Why were there sem girls there? in my year we were'nt allowed to go....

it's not fair...
(11/14/2012 10:11:18 AM)
11
Rochel Eleff
So full of life! You are awesome!!
(11/14/2012 11:21:12 AM)
12
freidaaa!!!!!
we miss u here in londonnn!! so good to see you!!!!!
mwahh xxx
(11/14/2012 2:32:28 PM)
13
london crew!
Freida!!!! Chayale!!!! Lilija!!!!!
(11/14/2012 4:08:35 PM)
14
Friendship Circle Fan
GO BCMS!!
(11/14/2012 5:37:50 PM)
15
Jalusis
Miri we are so proud of you, we miss you
(11/14/2012 8:49:47 PM)
16
GO LEIBELE RODAL!!
(11/15/2012 11:47:16 AM)
17
go esti M.
how did u manage that???.........................
(11/15/2012 2:01:58 PM)
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