Proceeds to benefit the Suffern Friendship Circle, a Chabad of Suffern project, which provides services for special needs children
SUFFERN, N.Y. (April 25, 2016) – The Suffern Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization providing programs and support to families of individuals with special needs, and Chabad of Suffern will host the second annual “Walk with your Heart” Friendship Walk on Sunday, May 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at Rockland Community College on 145 College Rd.
“We are looking forward to raising vital funds and increasing community awareness for the Suffern Friendship Circle and children with special needs,” said Devorah Sirota, Suffern Friendship Circle co-founder. “The Friendship Circle’s unique approach brings teenage volunteers and children with special needs together for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower children with special needs while enriching the lives of everyone involved.”
The one-mile walk encourages participants of all ages to “walk a mile for a special child.” It will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony, followed by the walk. The Friendship Fair will follow and feature the Kenya Safari Acrobats Show, the “Eliminator,” a video game truck, food, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, disc jockey music and other activities.
“This walk is an example of the tremendous power of community involvement to support individuals with special needs,” Sirota added. “The funds raised will help expand the services and activities the Suffern Friendship Circle offers to families throughout the area.”
Sponsors include Ted Schultz Ford, Dynamic Event Group, Superior Waste and Carting, West Rock Events, Jill’s Ceramics, Rockland Community College, Stop & Shop, Rita’s Ice, The Challah Fairy, Yoffee Coffee, M&T Bank, Mercedes Benz Nanuet and ProForma.
Participants form teams via the official Web site, www.rocklandfriendshipwalk.com, which is also used for team promotion, to track progress and solicit donations in addition to event registration.
About the Friendship Circle:
The Suffern Friendship Circle is a Jewish nonprofit organization that addresses the challenges facing the families of children with special needs in a novel and innovative way. The program begins with the pairing of local teenagers with children for weekly “Friends at Home” visits, but doesn’t end there. Through a range of activities and events, the Friendship Club creates its own special environment of friendship and love. To learn more, call 845-368-1889 or visit www.rocklandfriendship.com.