Create a Smile Walk celebrates lucky ’13’

By Dan Rankin

Carrie-Anne Muir, second from right, whose life experience inspired the formation of the Create A Smile Walk, was one of about 100 people taking part in the event held in St. Marys on Sunday. Of the over $14,000 pledged to participants in the event, over $12,500 has already been collected which will help increase obtainable housing in the area for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Carrie-Anne Muir, second from right, whose life experience inspired the formation of the Create A Smile Walk, was one of about 100 people taking part in the event held in St. Marys on Sunday. Of the over $14,000 pledged to participants in the event, over $12,500 has already been collected which will help increase obtainable housing in the area for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

It was a lucky ’13’ for the Create a Smile Walk, which was held in St. Marys last Sunday.

According to Community Living St. Marys and Area executive director Marg McLean, around 100 people took part in the 13th annual running of the event. “We had a really fun and successful walk

on Sunday,” she said this week. “Our pledges are at $14,296, with over $12,500 collected already.”

Those pledges mean that, since 2004, the walk has raised about $170,000, which has been used to provide support in various ways to many people with intellectual and physical disabilities. In past

years this has included the purchase of essential items not covered by government funding, mobility and communication devices, and accessibility equipment in the community. This year, the focus for the money will be on increasing obtainable housing in the area.

The top fundraisers for the 2016 event were event founders Tracy and Mirco Rossetti, as well as Danny and Mary Muir, and the Webber and Holland families, McLean added.

“Building relationships builds community and that’s what this walk is all about,” she said. “We appreciate everyone that participated in some way and a special thanks to the Pathfinders that helped us on the day.”

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