West Grey Recognized For Tourette Fundraiser

West Grey Trek for Tourette annual fundraising event is honoured to be named as 2018’s top campaigner in Canada, followed by the cities of Calgary and Victoria.

Trek for Tourette is a 5 km walk held annually on a Sunday in March in communities across Canada in support of TS and Tourette Canada.

With a total campaign goal of $100,000, West Grey’s event contributed 16% of the $93,000 raised by 15 locations nationally.

Organizer Angie Tone says 150 walkers supported the cause along with the business community and local organizations

“The community support was tremendous,” noted organizer, Angie Tone.

She added, “We had 150 walkers that collected pledges and showed support by participating in our silent auction, bake sale and competitions.”

Tone continued to thank the business community for their donations, “none of this is possible without the donations of our business community and organizations. The Bluewater District School Board awarded us the use of Normanby Community School to host the event, several businesses contributed prizes to the silent auction and RBC made a donation of $1000.”

The Tone’s originally started hosting the Trek for Tourette locally to raise funds and promote education for this brain-based condition that their son deals with daily. It causes people who have it to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics that is hard for many to relate to or understand. By building awareness, it is their hopes to reduce the stigma associated with these involuntary actions.