The Lowdown on the Magna Hoedown

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WHAT A WEEKEND! The Magna Hoedown was nothing short of a success! With Walk It Off Recovery as first time participants in the Hoedown, we were blown away by the event and thoroughly enjoyed being there as volunteers and as event-goers.

From the moment you stepped onto the Magna grounds you felt as if you were in the middle of the Wild, Wild West. The grounds were transformed for Hoedown with live cattle grazing outside the tent, corn stalks, hay bales and seasonal flowers accenting the event area, and event-goers sporting their finest plaid and cowboy accessories. Inside, guests enjoyed the mouth-watering Texan spiced buffet as the musicians showed off their talents and sparked the dancing and singing to commence.  The crowds were thrilled by the varied musical acts and (line) danced the night away!

We were amazed at how accessible the grounds were too. We would definitely recommend this event to our clients and others with accessibility needs next year.

$479,000 RAISED

Magna began this tradition, 28 years ago, as a way to give back to the community. Over the past 5 months, all the funds raised by the 15 benefitting organizations was announced for a grand total of $479,000! Walk It Off will find out what our portion will be on October 6th.

The generous contributions of all who invested will go on to improve and advance each beneficiary in their own unique way. At Walk It Off we look forward to expanding and improving our facility to make it more accessible and provide new equipment to help our clients with their recovery.

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS

Walk It Off had many exceptional volunteers who selflessly gave their time to ensure both events were spectacular. Serving in every capacity, from raffle tickets to derby races, you could see the many devoted volunteers tapping into their inner cowboys and putting the guests first. Thank you to all who represented Walk It Off, your efforts were so very appreciated and we enjoyed serving alongside you. Can’t wait for next year (yeeehhaaww)!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CLIENTS WHO HELPED US REACH OUR GOAL

img_9506We wouldn’t have been able to fulfill all our Hoedown duties without the support we received from our clients.  We wanted to give a big “THANK YOU” to all the clients who supported our efforts by buying and selling raffle tickets, attending the event nights, and volunteering at the event!

We wanted to give a special shout out to Karen Medd for selling TEN booklets of raffle tickets for Walk It Off – a sales record for us. Followed by Chris Rice and Jon Thurston for selling 3 books each; Anita Kaiser, Chris Osbourne, Dave Kemp, Ken Henderson, Lorrie Reynolds who sold 2 books each; and Ed Chamot, Scott Wollin and Ryan Riest for selling 1 book each. We also wanted to give a special Thank You to Karen, Ken, Abbas and Kym for joining in the fun and coming to the event and Lorrie for spending her Saturday night volunteering.

Thank you all for making our Hoedown experience so successful. We want to know what you as clients would like to see the money received from the Hoedown go towards within the clinic. What improvements, new pieces of equipment or other things would you like to see happen at Walk It Off?

THE FUN (D-RAISING) ISN’T OVER

Come on out to our Annual Walk It Off Slo-Pitch Tournament at the Evan’s Fields in Brantford this Saturday, Sept 24 from 9am-6pm. We are still accepting teams (min 3 females) and players to fill up the Walk It Off team. Down load the flyer for more information. Walk It Off Slo–Pitch Flyer 2016.

As always we welcome your feedback and your questions. You can connect with us by email or telephone or leave a comment right here on the site. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages and our YouTube Channel too and join in the conversation!

Thanks again!

– WIO Staff

Walk It Off is a Proud Recipient of the 2016 Magna Hoedown

Walk it Off Fb ImageYEEHAW! Walk It Off is thrilled to announce that we are one of the fifteen organizations selected as a recipient for the 28th Annual Magna Hoedown! For those of you who are not familiar with the Magna Hoedown, it is the largest fundraiser in York Region. The Hoedown is a 2-day event, taking place on September 16th and 17th this year, showcasing musical talent, raffle and door prizes, dancing, dinner and beverages, and tons of entertainment. This year’s headliners are Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea) on Friday, Sept.16 and Paul Brandt on Saturday, Sept 17. Continue reading

The 6th Annual 5k Run-Walk-&-Roll Event Was a Blast!

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What a day! WHAT AN EVENT! Thank you and congratulations to all the participants of this year’s 5km Run, Walk and Roll! This was the 6th annual event hosted by Walk It Off, at Fairy Lake in Newmarket on May 28th and what a fun day it was!  Click here to see the full online photo album from the event. Continue reading

In Loving Memory of David Ralph “Dave” Dieno

David Dieno PageIn Loving Memory of David Ralph “Dave” Dieno

April 19, 1956-May 29, 2016

Funeral service is at Roadhouse and Rose on Main Street in Newmarket at 1:30 pm on Saturday followed by a Celebration of Life at the Holland Landing Community Centre from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of Walk It Off’s loved members, Dave Dieno. On the morning of May 29th, Dave suffered a heart attack and tragically, did not survive. Continue reading

Getting Ready for the Walk It Off 5KM at Ferry Lake on May 28!

5K guy with capeThe 6th Annual 5 km Run-Walk-&-Roll for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery at Ferry Lake on May 28th in Newmarket is quickly approaching!

Sunday, May 28th is just around the corner and all of our clients at Walk It Off are training hard to get prepared for the main event.  We’re working on their strength and endurance to make sure they are ready for what awaits them on the course.  And so they have enough energy for the pancake breakfast and other fun activities we have lined up!

Remember, this 5K is Super Hero Themed, so make sure to bring your cape! Continue reading

6th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll Event May 28th at Ferry Lake

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6TH ANNUAL 5K RUN-WALK-&-ROLL
SUPERHERO THEME
When: May 28, 2016
Where: Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, ON

5K Registration
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

With the official arrival of spring, and hopefully the beginning of warm and sunny weather, comes the start of outdoor running season.  Walk It Off is excited to announce that on Saturday May 28, 2016 we will be hosting our 6th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll event!

Whether you are looking to shed some pent up hibernation energy and walk with friends and family, run a personal best, or sponsor one of the clients of Walk It Off, our Run-Walk-&-Roll is the event for you!  Sign up here! Continue reading

Walk It Off Adds Registered Kinesiology to the List of Health Care Services Provided

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Walk It Off is proud to announce that two of our SCI Recovery Trainers, Rebecca and Taylor, are officially Registered Kinesiologists!

In September, both trainers wrote their entry-to-practice exam with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO). We are very pleased to announce that after enduring a painful wait period, both Rebecca and Taylor were informed they passed the exam and we are happy to add Registered Kinesiology (R.Kin) to the list of health care professions we can offer at Walk It Off along with Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy and Personal Training.

You’re probably thinking, “What exactly is a Kinesiologist and what can they do for me?” Well, you were not the only one thinking that so we decided to explain it with a blog! Continue reading

Walk It Off Visits Project Walk Orlando!

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As many of you know, our SCI Recovery Trainers, Taylor, Alyssa and Rebecca, went down to Orlando for the last week of January to visit our friends at Project Walk!  If you are unaware of Walk It Off’s origin, Heather and Kevin went down to Project Walk in 2009 shortly after Kevin’s accident.  While at Project Walk, they were amazed by the innovative physical therapy Kevin received that was focused specifically on spinal cord injury recovery.  After their time at Project Walk, Heather and Kevin decided this special type of therapy needed to be available in Canada and that’s how Walk It Off was born. Continue reading

December Donations to Walk it Off

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We’ve said goodbye to November and all the Movember mustaches and are quickly moving through December, or for Kevin, Decembeard, with the holidays fast approaching. The holiday season is one for caring, sharing, and giving back. Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be a challenging task so here’s an idea to make it easy for you! For those of you struggling to find that special gift this holiday season, consider giving back and making a donation to Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery & Wellness Centre. Continue reading

Walk It Off has Been Chosen as a Donation Recipient!

fundraisers Walk it OffWalk It Off has been chosen as a recipient of your donations! The Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be kicking off another gift-wrapping service at Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall from November 27-December 24. They will be located on the bottom floor near Santa’s Village.

For a donation, volunteers will help shoppers wrap their purchases until Dec. 24th. Proceeds benefit the following: Continue reading