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Inaugural Walk, Run or Wheel for Youth Education a hit

Thirty-seven participants raise $1,700 to support youth learning; Event 'was a great success'



The Orillia Lions Club hosted its inaugural Walk, Run or Wheel for Youth Education Sunday at Tudhope Park.

Thirty-eight walkers raised more than $1,700 at the event, which helped kick off Education Week. More than $700 of that total was raised by the energetic Teens on Edge youth group from the Orillia Youth Centre.

Funds raised will be used to support youth learning. Specifically, starting this year, we will be awarding $1,000 bursaries to two Orillia secondary school students who are blind or living with low vision and pursuing post-secondary education at university, college, apprenticeship or other trade program.

This fundraiser will also assist in our continued support of other youth learning, such as the Orillia Youth Centre programs, the Orillia Public Library summer reading program, the Lakehead University Humanities 101 program and local camps for youth with special medical needs.

Organizers were thankful to volunteers, guests, participants, community partners and sponsors.

“Our inaugural Walk, Run or Wheel for Youth Education was a great success! Your generosity of both time and donations will help the Orillia Lions to continue to support youth education initiatives in our community.”

Officials say they hope the Walk, Run or Wheel for Youth Education becomes an annual event.