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Walk & Run for Stuttering Awareness 2019

The Speech & Stuttering Institute

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The 8th Annual Walk & Run for Stuttering Awareness, to raise money for The Speech & Stuttering Institute will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario!

Register by creating a fundraising page. Please note there is a $30 donation required for each walker/runner.**Please do this by donating to your page once it has been created** Once your page is created, you can start fundraising to support your walk or run!

If you are unable to make it on the 22nd, you can still set up a fundraising page or contribute by making a donation below. 

NEW THIS YEAR: The individual or team that raises the most funds will get to pick the t-shirt colour for the 2020 Walk & Run!

Location: Start and end at The Speech & Stuttering Institute, 2-150 Duncan Mill Road, Toronto. Walk or Run through the Betty Sutherland Trail Park. 

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019

You can also register on Walk/Run Day at the registration table between 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM at The Speech & Stuttering Institute, 150 Duncan Mill Road.

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Registration
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM - Walk & Run Day begins with warm up exercises to music and speakers.
  • 10:00 AM - WALK/RUN STARTS!
  • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Music and activities for the kids
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Barbecue starts!
  • 12:00 PM - Raffle draw

About The Event

  • 1 K or 5 K Walk or Run through the beautiful Betty Sutherland Trail Park
  • DJ with musical entertainment
  • special guest speakers
  • scavenger hunt and activities for the kids
  • delicious BBQ lunch
  • souvenir T-shirt
  • raffle draw with exciting prizes
  • raising funds for The Speech and Stuttering Institute to provide clinical therapy for all those in need!

For more information:

Greg O’Grady, Walk & Run Founder & Coordinator:; 416-400-7955 or Loriellen Karam, Director of Development, SSI:; 416-491-7771 x 243

To most of us, the act of speaking is easy. We think of something to say, open our mouths, and the words just flow.

But for some 350,000 Canadians, talking is not so easy because they stutter. This speech  issue is not something that receives a whole lot of attention, and most people do not really know much about stuttering. This Walk & Run Event is designed to increase public awareness of stuttering and to raise funds for The Speech & Stuttering Institute, in order to help people communicate more effectively.

The Speech & Stuttering Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with communication issues. We offer speech therapy to children with speech and stuttering challenges. Over 85% of our clients are children and youth. We provide evidence based treatment programs delivered in a nurturing clinical environment to clients who require our services, while also addressing the needs of families in difficult economic situations by never turning away a client in need of therapy who does not have the financial resources to pay for it.

 This event will help SSI provide speech therapy to all those in need.

A message about the Event Founder and Coordinator, Greg O'Grady

Greg O'Grady is a graduate of SSI’s Fluency program. Greg credits this for making an invaluable contribution in the quality of his life personally and professionally. In appreciation to Dr. Bob Kroll and to the staff at The Speech & Stuttering Institute, he suggested the first "a million things I need to say“ 1k/5k Walk & Run for Stuttering Awareness in 2012, and has worked tirelessly since then making this event successful and meaningful for PWS.

Greg has continued in his dedication of this event  in Toronto even after moving back to Newfoundland in 2018. In addition to the Toronto Walk & Run, Greg is currently planning Newfoundland’s 2nd 'a million things I need to say' 1K/5K Walk & Run for Stuttering Awareness and Fundraiser in support of The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NLASLPA ) which is scheduled for September 29th, 2019