“Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll” 2015
By Becky Rizoli, Staff Member, FCSN
The weather was beautiful for the Federation’s third annual Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll for children with special needs, held on September 27, 2015, at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA. The walkers, rollers, shobblers, and strollers arrived at the school, where DJ Kevin Sullivan had set up his table under a pavilion.
Sullivan got everyone dancing to the latest pop tunes from Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Andy Grammer. He also led the participants in games such as Hot Potato and Limbo. Participants also had the opportunity to decorate paper hats with googly eyes, stickers, colored mini fluff balls, glitter, and sequins; get their faces painted, get temporary tattoos, play with beach balls and hula hoops, or get a massage.
After a few words of introduction from Federation Executive Director Rich Robison, the walk began! Participants of all ages and abilities, set off on the mile long nature trail along the shore of “Reservoir Pond”. As they made their way down the accessible path, they played musical instruments and blew bubbles. They were encouraged by volunteers who cheered them on along the way as they passed the quarter mark, the halfway mark, the three-quarter mark, and the finish line. The walkers, shobblers, and strollers also participated in a scavenger hunt and kept their eyes out for plush stuffed birds that were cleverly hidden along the path. As they found each bird, they checked it off on their cards which they handed in at the end of the walk to receive their prize.
Once the participants returned to the pavilion, there was more music, dancing, and games, and then prizes were handed out to the teams and the individuals who raised the most money. The event raised $9,000 for the work of the Federation. It was a great success, and all of us at the Federation for Children with Special Needs appreciate the enthusiastic support of our families and friends! (See pictures below)
*where a shuffle meets a hobble
Walk participants enjoyed a beautiful fall day!
Many thanks to our sponsors: Eastern Bank, the Reichenbach Family, Crystal Springs
and Franciscan Hospital for Children.