© Paul Hutchings
Five-year-old Maverick Butt and his grandmother, Janet Butt of Reidville take part in the Deer Lake Walk for Autism on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 with Maverick’s helper dog Abner.
DEER LAKE — The numbers aren’t all in yet, but organizers with Deer Lake’s Walk for Autism say about $6,000 was raised for autism research.
That beats last year’s total of just under $5,000.
Nearly 150 walkers took part in the event, which saw families walking from Elwood Elementary around the town escorted by the RCMP and the Deer Lake Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday afternoon.
“We’re seeing a lot more parents getting involved,” said volunteer Donna Giles. “We’re getting more families with children with autism, family friends want to get involved, I think people are more aware of what’s happening.”
The event included a swim for families with autistic children at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex and a pizza party.