Autism effort raises more than $30,000 in Valley

Lawrence Powell
Published on June 16, 2014

By Lawrence Powell

The Spectator

There was a big crowd for the annual Walk the Walk for Autism in Middleton Saturday. And they raised $31,628, bettering last year’s total of $25,000 and this year’s goal of $30,000. The money goes towards recreational programs and resources for local people living with autism.

The $31,628 figure includes funds raised by Bank of Nova Scotia staff and matched by the bank. Middleton bank manager Dan Forbes said his staff raised $3,520 and the bank matched that for a total of $7,040.

The walkers, members and friends of the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia, met at Rotary Raceway Park on Saturday morning where information displays were set up, Walk the Walk T-shirts were on sale, a fish pond for prizes was set up, and even a therapeutic riding station was on site.

Susie Cochrane, an adult living with autism, spoke to the estimated crowd of 250 walkers. She is going to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the fall. Also welcoming everyone was AnnapolisValley Chapter president Stephanie Hutchings.

Middleton Mayor Calvin Eddy officially announced the walk started and scores of young and old alike walked through the town to spread awareness about autism, a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way an individual communicates and relates to other people.

The Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia is based in Berwick but is a resource for the entire Valley – from Windsor to Annapolis Royal. It aims to provide enhanced programs and services for people with autism. It can be reached by calling 1-902-375-3031 or emailing