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Bondies walking for autism awareness

Written by Bachelor of Journalism student Jessica Borten.

Bond University students are walking towards a future where no one on the Autism spectrum is left behind. 

The Bond University Community Outreach Group (BUCOG) have partnered with Walk for Autism, a virtual fundraising initiative, and are challenging students and their families to walk 10,000 steps per day from March 21-28. 

These steps will help raise valuable funds for children and adults living with autism, a developmental condition that affects one in 70 Australians. 

BUCOG President Grace Pucci said the team decided to support Walk for Autism after they were approached by a fellow student. 

“They thought it was an important cause that we should support and encourage others within the community to participate in,” Grace said. 

“Walk for Autism is a free online walking event, which means you walk anywhere, at any time, in any place.

“By taking part, participants will help provide the best opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to participate, engage and thrive in the world around them.” 

This year, Walk for Autism hopes to raise $1.2 million. Almost 8,000 participants across Australia have already signed up to help bring this goal to fruition.

BUCOG Vice President Joshua Waite, BUCOG Events Director Paige Prieditis and BUCOG Treasurer Carmen Davies

 BUCOG Events Director Paige Prieditis said the Walk for Autism initiative was a great cause to get behind. 

 “It’s not a time-consuming so you can make an impact without taking time away from your studies,” Paige said.

 “All you have to do is fundraise and walk, or you can donate (to a friend).”

 BUCOG Liaison Officer Katie Fleming said the fundraiser encourages progress towards a more inclusive society.  

 “It’s so important to volunteer to help others but, more importantly, to help others get the same opportunities that we have been given,” Katie said.

 “Getting involved is such a rewarding experience – knowing that you are part of a bigger team helping to make a positive difference in someone’s life is such a nice feeling.”

To get involved, visit the Walk for Autism website and register as member of the Bond University Community Outreach team. 

 “Once you raise your first $50 you'll be rewarded with a Walk for autism Supporter Pack, including a T-shirt and 3D pedometer,” Grace said. 

 “By taking part in Walk for Autism, you will help provide the best opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to participate, engage and thrive in the world around them.”

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