By SHANNON WATKINS
The Giles County Autism Focus Group’s annual Autism Walk will be held this Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“We’re raising awareness for autism but also on top of that we use the funds to purchase educational tools for children with autism to use,” said event coordinator Catharine Petch.
In the past, the group’s efforts led to the purchase of seven iPads for autistic students in the Giles County school system to use. This year, in addition to the funds raised by the Walk itself, there will be an auction.
Items up for auction include gift baskets from Thirty-One, a gift certificate for two free nights at the Christiansburg Hampton Inn paired with one worth $50 at Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill, and a football autographed by VT Hokies coach Frank Beamer.
The auction will be open to the public and participants do not need to join the Walk to bid.
The Walk, which takes place in Pearisburg, will start at the historic Giles County Courthouse at the corner of Wenonah and Main streets and end at the Macy McClaugherty Elementary and Middle School at 1001 Henson Avenue and there will be free food (hotdogs, cupcakes, soda and water) for Walk participants. Giles County Commonwealth Attorney and noted magician Bobby Lilley will perform.
Preregistration for the Autism Walk is still open. Fees are free for children 4 and under, $5 for children five to 10 years old, and $10 for anyone 11 and up. To register, contact the Giles County Autism Focus Group at HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com or for more information go to their Facebook page at HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/GilesAutism” www.facebook.com/GilesAutism.