Run The Dream is a solo run across Canada by Jonathan Howard, 24, of Mississauga in support of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) awareness.
Terry Robinson, a two-time Canadian Paralympian who uses a wheelchair for mobility, joined Run the Dream and will travel alongside Howard from Ottawa to Winnipeg.
Together, they will be welcomed at a public event at MacDonald Square (the civic centre) in Elora at 5pm on July 29. Howard will be officially welcomed by Wellington Halton Hills MP Michael Chong and Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj. As well, local parents will share their experiences of autism in the community.
Run the Dream is a nine month run across Canada that began in St. John’s on March 25 and will finish in Victoria, in late December.
Howard has already covered over 2,700 km of the approximate 8,500 km journey and by journey’s end he will have visited more than 650 communities in 10 provinces.
The campaign is targeting $2.5-million in support of a variety of charities that work to assist children and families affected by ASD.
In partnership with Autism Society Canada, Howard is proud to dedicate his run to the cause and to children every-where
“I want children to dream like anything’s possible,” says Howard.“This run is my way of telling children and their parents to never stop dreaming.”
To date Howard has met with premiers and other political leaders. That has facilitated discussions regarding governments’ approach to Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).