Jim Gallagher of Danville, Pa., paddles his kayak across the calm surface of Lake Chillisquaque, White Hall, Pa., while heading back to shore following sundown Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)
Children with autism and their friends and families will be paddling out for the fifth annual “Paddle for Autism Awareness” on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Mission Bay Park. This event is to raise awareness and support for the Global Autism Project, which helps developing countries where little awareness or resources are available to treat autism.
“We are so excited to bring this wonderful event to the city of San Diego,” said Molly Ola Pinney, founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project. “Paddle for Autism Awareness not only brings together the local community, but also the greater world community as we strive to reach out to support and educate families across the globe.
No experience is necessary to paddle—a team of instructors will be onsite to help out paddlers regardless of their knowledge. For many of the children involved, it is their first time in a kayak providing a rewarding experience to all involved.
A kick of party will be taking place on Oct. 8 at the Lei Lounge where guests can learn more about Global Autism Project’s work. Guests will also enjoy a silent auction and raffle. Tickets for the event are $10 online and $15 at the door with proceeds going to the Global Autism Project.
“Paddle for Autism Awareness” started in the summer of 2005 when Pinney, and kayak instructor Renee Beus drove 7,000 miles to kayak with children with autism and spread the word about the project from coast to coast.