Above: Photo of Jenny Poliakoff. Jenny Poliakoff, a founding volunteer at the Friendship Circle, died tragically May 6, 2007. Read more about the work Jenny did to help children in our community.
Join us for a morning of family fun and community togetherness as we walk to benefit the Friendship Circle, an organization that brings joy and companionship to children with special needs and their families. Whether you sign on as a walker, donor or both, your participation will help bring laughter and friendship to some deserving children.
A 5K Friendship Walkathon culminating with a Friendship Festival to benefit children with special needs and their families will take place on May 2, 2010, 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The entire walk will take place on the beautiful San Diego State University campus. The Festival will take place on the campus as well. All registered walkers will be given a water bottle and a shirt.
Standard: $20.00 -General Registration
Virtual Walker: $20.00 -Virtual Walker who is happy to support the walk a thon but cannot attend in person
Walk Starting Point: Centennial Walkway on Campus at SDSU
Walk Ending Point: Centennial Walkway
Walk Route: On Campus
Location: San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182.
Directions to SDSU, It is recommended that you carpool with other members of your group.
Parking will be easiest in PS (Parking Structure) 6. Take College Avenue exit off I-8 Freeway and go south on College. The PS 6 is on your left, (Look for a Jenny's Walk Banner), just past the first parking structure as you head up the hill. There will be a $5 parking charge for the event if you park in this structure. Look for Walk attendants in Jenny's walk t-shirts to help guide you.
After crossing finish line, participants will enjoy a fun-filled community festival, music, family entertainment, fun zone, prizes, awards ceremonies, and appearances by community dignitaries and celebrities. Food & Water donated by Albertson's and Baron's of Rancho Bernardo.
More About The Friendship Circle:
The Friendship Circle addresses the struggles facing children with special needs such as autism, Down's syndrome, and other physical and/or emotional challenges. Founded in 2005, the Friendship Circle pairs local teenagers with the special needs children, the key part of the interaction being a weekly home visit. Through the gifts and joys of friendship, the young volunteers are able to reach the children in ways that most forms of therapy cannot. Furthermore, the program has had a profound effect on the teenagers themselves, instilling within them the values of giving and gratitude. They learn to appreciate the uniqueness and individuality of these wonderful children.
The underlying philosophy of the Friendship Circle is that every child is worthy of love, laughter, nurturing and connection to mainstream society. A child with special needs can feel the pain of loneliness and the euphoria of friendship like any other child. The real beauty of the Friendship Circle is that it has so many winners: the special-needs children, their families, the teenage volunteers, the staff members and the benevolent supporters. All are part of a seamless circle of giving and sharing. The Friendship Circle is nonsectarian. The programs are open to everyone. Funding comes primarily from charitable donations from throughout the community. For further information, please visit the Friendship Circle website at: friendshipcirclesd.com
Nate Poliakoff-Event Coordinator