Elks presented a $16,000 cheque to the BC Family Hearing Centre during the Bright Futures for Children Walk-a-thon. (Special to the Langley Advance)

Walk in Langley’s Campbell Valley park helps kids with language or hearing disorders

The goal is to raise $20,000 from last Sunday’s Bright Futres Walkathon, with donations accepted.

A 16th annual walk through Campbell Valley Regional Park last weekend has generated thousands for the BC Family Hearing Resource Society.

The Bright Futures Walkathon, a fun, non-competitive 1.5-km or 3-km walk/run, helps make a difference in the lives of young children with deafness, hearing loss, or speech and language challenges, said Langley Elk’s Jo-Ann Oakley.

This event is organized by BC Elks and Canadian Royal Purple Society, with the local Elks on hand for the May 28 event to present a cheque for $16,000, which made a huge dent in the organization’s goal of $20,000.

It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about speech and hearing challenges in children and raises funds for specialized programs and services.

The Bright Futures Walkathon was an opportunity to raise awareness about speech and hearing challenges in children and raises funds for specialized programs and services, Oakley added, noting that one in 10 Canadians has a speech, language or hearing disorder which hinders their ability to communicate.

Donations are being accepted until June 30, 2017.

Anyone who would like to donate anonymously, can send an email to Darren Bellamy at dbellamy@bcfamilyhearing.com or call 604-584-2827 or 604-584-9108 (TTY).