Village on the St. Clair takes ‘steps’ to help Parkinson Society

Residents and staff members raise more than $200 in support of charity
9/11/2017  - Deron Hamel
Pictured above, Village on the St. Clair residents walked to raise money for the Parkinson Society on Sept. 6.  

A group of residents and staff members from the Village on the St. Clair raised money in support of the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario last Wednesday (Sept. 6) while raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder affecting an estimated one in every 500 Canadians.

The residents and staff walked a total of 25,234 steps as part of the Sarnia seniors-living residence’s WALK-IT challenge. WALK-IT is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Parkinson Society that raises money to finance support services, education, advocacy and research.

The Parkinson Society provided free information and pedometers to the Village on the St. Clair so residents and staff members could count their steps.

Participants walked around the block surrounding the Village on the St. Clair.

“Many of our residents walked half the block to the whole block, some of them did it twice,” says fun co-ordinator Natalie Cataford.

“When each person came in, I asked them to read their pedometer so I could write down their steps.”

To help raise funds, the kitchen team baked a large batch of shortbread cookies which were sold in packs of three for $2. By selling the cookies and getting other donations, the Village on the St. Clair raised $207.75 for the Parkinson Society.

Given the event’s success, Natalie says she plans to do it again next year.

“Going forward, I will continue to do this event. It was a nice, crisp morning and the residents enjoyed getting outside for fresh air,walking alongside a friend, and getting to see how many steps they took,” she says.

“(It was) very inspiring to get moving. Every little step counts.”

Natalie is also challenging other Steeves & Rozema seniors-living communities to participate in WALK-IT.

“I think this is a do-able event for many of our seniors-living communities as it’s a great group effort to support a well-worthy cause,” she says.

“Everything is easier and more enticing when everyone gets involved.”

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