16th Annual Create A Smile Walkathon Sunday September 22, 2019
Community Living St. Marys and Area
Create A Smile Foundation in partnership with Community Living St. Marys & Area has been creating smiles since 2004!
This fundraiser is fuelled by the amazing generosity of volunteers. All of the money raised at this event goes to Community Living to support their mission of improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities in the South Western Ontario region. Not only has this event generated significant financial resources, it has also reminded us of the power of healthy communities.
The money raised is used to pay for things that enhance the lives of people with disabilities, their families and the communities they live in. This includes essential items not covered by government funding, some mobility and communication devices, summer supports for a number of young people, accessibility equipment purchased for people using local recreation facilities to allow for easier access, contributions to playgrounds and parks. People First, a self-advocacy group where members support each other to speak up for themselves and the issues that are important to them, has been supported locally and provincially.
The ‘Create A Smile' Foundation began about 16 years ago by the Muir and Rossetti families, driven by a need that hit close to home. Our sister’s teeth needed to be pulled due to their deterioration from medication that she had been on for her disability. Government funding was not available to support new dentures or implants; we were determined to resolve the situation. This is where ‘Create A Smile’ began. The first event took place in Stratford and raised over $10,000. Over the past 15 years we have managed to raise over $205,000.00 which has been used to provide support to many people in various ways with intellectual and physical disabilities. The years have flown by and as we look back on the steps we have taken they have added up to some impactful strides and smiles made in the lives of those living with disabilities.
We are so excited about this year's walkathon and we hope that you will join us!