Parksville’s Aiden’s Avengers walk against autism

Group fundraises to battle the scourge of autism throughout the year

Aidan’s Avengers pose after completing the 2011 Walk Now For Autism.

Aidan’s Avengers pose after completing the 2011 Walk Now For Autism.

It’s time to grab tickets to the Beer and Burger for Autism night at White Spot.

Organized by Fran and Bob Duncan, the annual event helps promote and raise funds for autism.

“I’ve canvassed  for autism for the last four years because of our grandson Aidan who’s 12 and all the families dealing with autism for research and treatment and hopefully a cure,” Fran explained.

The Duncans live in French Creek but their team — Aidan’s Avengers — takes part in the Walk Now For Autism in September in Vancouver, where their grandson lives.

They fundraise throughout the year, including an ongoing bottle drive that raised over $4,500 last year. There is an “autism” account open at the Parksville and Qualicum Beach bottle depots people can donate to any time.

They are canvassing in front of local grocery and liquor stores at peak weekend times to help raise awareness for the poorly understood disorder that affects more children than cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.

Right now they are giving an early warning for people to start buying tickets to the beer and burger night. There will be a 50/50 draw, silent auction and other prizes.

The tickets are $20 with half going to autism for the August 27 evening at the Wembley Mall White Spot.

For more on autism visit www.autismspeaks.org and www.walknowforautism.org. To donate directly or for more info contact the Duncans at happytrails51@shaw.ca or 250-752-3744.