Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll for Children with Special Needs

On September 21, 2014, the Federation for Children with Special Needs will hold their second annual fundraising walk, “Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll!”  Once again, it will be held at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA from noon to 3pm.

Last year, the event drew over one hundred participants and raised over $13,000 for the Federation! Upon arriving, participants enjoyed tunes spun by DJ Kevin Sullivan, who got everyone on the floor dancing the Cha-Cha, the Electric Slide, and the Hokey Pokey; and playing Freeze Dance and Wonder Ball.  The morning’s activities included face painting, arts and crafts projects, balloon animals and hats, and much more.  Families brought picnic lunches, and were provided with snacks, drinks, and ice cream treats.

After lunch, FCSN’s Executive Director Rich Robison welcomed participants, thanked them for coming, and introduced guest of honor, Nicole Tarzia, Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2013.  Ms. Tarzia encouraged all in attendance to dream big!  At 1pm, Tarzia and event mascot Frances the Elephant led the participants on a trek around the nature trail, where they also searched for a variety of playful scavenger hunt items.
The weather also cooperated for the event. The sun came out in the afternoon just in time for the walk to begin, and walkers, rollers, shobblers*, and strollers were treated a warm, sunny autumn afternoon.  There was just enough of a breeze to carry the bubbles blown by the participants.
All in all, the first Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll was a lot of fun, and we can’t wait for this year’s walk! Register today! Hope to see you there!   

*where a shuffle meets a hobble

By Rebecca Rizoli