Ontario snow storm can't hold
back Kingston man raising awareness for Down syndrome
October 16, 2006
CALGARY (Oct. 16, 2006) - Kingston resident Kyle Ballantyne has
wrapped up his 24-day journey from Kingston to Niagara Falls, as
part of his "Hike to Help."
Kyle was hiking in support of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society
and his brother, Jacob, who has Down syndrome. The first Hike to
Help in 2004 saw Kyle hiking from Kingston to Ottawa along the Rideau
Trail. Kyle began the Hike to Help to raise awareness about Down
syndrome and the abilities and contributions of people like his
Kyle began the second Hike to Help on Sept. 18 in Kingston, finishing
on October 12 in Niagara Falls, despite a winter storm that brought
heavy rain, snow and sleet to the area. The hike has raised $2,200
for the Canadian Down Syndrome Society thus far. Krista J. Flint,
Executive Director, says Kyle's support will allow the CDSS to continue
their efforts in ensuring equitable opportunities for Canadians
with Down syndrome.
"Kyle's support will allow us to share information with Canadians
with Down syndrome across Canada," says Flint. "Information
about health care, education, prenatal testing and employment -
providing resources to those who need it most."
Some of the walk highlights include:
* An invite to the Applefest celebrations September 23 and 24 in
Brighton, where Kyle and Jacob had the opportunity to say a few
words about the hike.
* Kyle participated in the Second-Annual Durham Down Syndrome Association
Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 1 in Whitby, Ontario.
* Kyle met many wonderful people along the way: People welcoming
him with open arms; folks offering a backyard where he could pitch
his tent; dinners given by different restaurants for free or by
trading a piece of his own hand-made jewellery. He slept behind
Chip trucks, gas stations, on front lawns and under pavilions.
* The Niagara Falls Down Syndrome Association welcomed the Ballantyne
family on October 13, where a celebration dinner was held with several
group members and their children.
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is a vital resource linking
individuals, parents and professionals through advocacy, education
and providing information. The mission of the CDSS is to ensure
equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome. This
means, to make sure all Canadians with Down syndrome have the right
supports to give them the same opportunities that everyone else
has. Our vision is a proud Canada where ALL are welcome, we embrace
diversity and we value everyone's genes equally.
*** Interviews are available with the Ballantyne family and
CDSS Executive Director - see below contact information for details.
For more information:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
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