Students raise more than $1 500 for local charity at annual Walk-a-thon
Walkhome's annual Walk-a-Thon fundraiser generated more than $1500 for P.R.O. Kids, a Kingston-based charity. Held on November 12, the event saw a grand total of 245 walks – more than ever before.
“This initiative is yet another example of how students give back to their community,” says Colin McLeod, head manager of Walkhome. “To break it down in numbers, every time someone took a walk with us, $6.12 went to P.R.O. Kids.”
The Walk-a-Thon raised funds based on the number of walks logged that night. Staff members have the opportunity to donate their hours for charity, while the head manager also contributes $1 for every walk that night.
Each year, the funds raised, as well as donations from the Dean of Student Affairs and Queen's community members, are promised to a local charity.
This year's funds will be donated to P.R.O. Kids (Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids), a group dedicated to providing recreational opportunities for children and youth in the community who lack the financial resources to partake in recreational programs.
Walkhome is one of 14 different corporate services run through the Alma Mater Society. Like all other AMS services, Walkhome is fully student-run. As one of the main safety services on campus, Walkhome provides free walks to and from campus and the surrounding area. Walks are requested over the phone or in person at the kiosk located in the John Deutsch University Centre. Walkhome is open all year-round, 7 days a week.
P.R.O. Kids background
P.R.O. Kids is a local charity that works to provide recreation opportunities for children and youth (up to the age of 18) in the community who are often unable to afford the cost of participation. P.R.O. Kids works with many local community recreation providers, who agree to provide a limited number of reduced-cost spaces for their programs. Families are then able to register their children in these programs via the P.R.O. Kids application process. In addition to these partnerships with community recreation organizations, P.R.O. Kids relies on donations and fundraising to help purchase additional spaces for programs from their partner providers. They also assist program participants with necessary equipment and supplies, as well as transportation options.