Another one of our amazing Southern California women contacted a number of us last week to ask us for our help on getting the word out about San Diego Race for Autism. Considering Jennifer is this amazing Public Relations Chic and there is no way I could ever be as eloquent as she is. So I’m going to let her tell you about it herself!
As sad as it is, the mainstream media pretty much ignores the cause— even though it’s a huge issue in San Diego. That’s why I’m reaching out to everyone I know who has a voice.
- Over 7,000 kids in San Diego have autism (more kids have autism than childhood cancers, juvenile diabetes & down syndrome combined ;(
- SD schools aren’t prepared for the influx of children with autism as cases are quickly on the rise (every 20 mins a child is diagnosed)
- Schools are underfunded & as more kids with autism enter the system, many are being mainstreamed without support– which impacts classrooms in so many ways (even if you don’t know someone with autism, odds are it’s impacting your child’s school)
Here’s what National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) does to make a difference & why we’re hoping you’ll help us spread the word about the 6th Annual Race for Autism (#Race4Autism):
- NFAR has awarded nearly a half million dollars in funding to San Diego programs, resources & classrooms through money raised at the Race
- More than 150 classrooms & 30 community programs have been funded (some of these programs have even been implemented nationally)
- With funds from last year’s race, NFAR was able to provide funding for 2 autism educational programs that would have been closed due to state budget cuts
Of course, there are children & families behind all the stats who need help now and the more people we can get to spread the word, the more people they can help.
And in case that’s all way too serious, here’s something fun you might consider sharing J
- March 23rd is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day (all day) & the Seaport Village Ben & Jerry’s Shop will be taking donations all day for NFAR. Mayor Sanders will even be coming out to scoop 😉
You can find more info here:
Our team page is here if you’d like to join: http://bit.ly/bTNI1s <http://bit.ly/bTNI1s>
You can walk (there’s a 1 mile family fun walk), run (the full 5k. I will be jog/walking that ;), stroll… whatever works!
I’m bringing my son in a jogger & seein’ what I got in me 😉 I imagine what I’ll find in me is a total lack of stamina . . . but I’m giving it the ol’ college try!
About the Race For Autism (#Race4Autism)
Sat., March 27— 7-11:30 a.m. $30 for adults before March 20 & $15 for kids under 12. Following the Race, there’s a free resource fair, children’s activities, music, refreshments, raffles. Prizes (including Alaska Air and Southwest Airlines travel packages) are awarded to the Race’s top fundraisers & largest teams. Expected 4,000+ attendees!
Please get out there help out in what ever way you can for this very special cause! Please forgive me and be warned, but I’m going to be talking about this event none stop for the next 2 weeks!