Aspire’s annual Push and Pace fundraising walk/run raised more than $4,000. The event took place at Parkland School Saturday morning. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

More than $4,000 raised at Aspire’s annual walk/run in Red Deer

Approximately 60 people raised more than $4,000 for the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre on Saturday.

Aspire’s annual Push and Pace fundraising walk/run, featuring one-, three and five-kilometre events, took place at Parkland School in Red Deer.

Proceeds will go toward the fee assistance program, specialized equipment purchases, programming and services.

The fee assistance program “is an important program for families to … get the services their children need. It’s a way to help families that are having financial difficulties,” said Rachel Bysterveld, Aspire fund development officer and event co-ordinator.

Aspire serves more than 350 families in central Alberta, said Bysterveld.

“It’s a community resource for families that are struggling. They can come to Aspire, and we can help them out with our programs and services. Or as a resource centre, we can let them know where to get other services,” she said.

More than $23,000 has been raised since the first Push and Pace event in 2013.

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