Walk for Down Syndrome in Moosomin on June 17

May 24, 2023, 9:44 am
Sierra D'Souza Butts

Carmelle and Tracy Boutin spoke about the upcoming walk they are hosting in Moosomin on Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. in support of bringing awareness to Down syndrome.

Tracy and Carmelle Boutin are fundraising and hosting a Down Syndrome Walk in Moosomin on Saturday, June 17 in support of spreading awareness about the cause.

“We’re doing the Down Syndrome Walk. We’ve done this a couple times and it’s always been in Regina so this year we thought we would do it again, but we would do it in Moosomin instead of going to the city,” said Tracy.

“We hope fundraising this event in small town Moosomin will show that not everything has to happen in big areas such as the cities.

“Some people can’t always make it or want to be in the cities, it’s not for everyone.

“Small communities are great supporters, we all seem to know each other one way or another. Also, people with down syndrome live in small communities as well.

“We watch out and help support each other in times of need.”

From left are, Dharma, Tracy, Abby and Carmelle Boutin at their first Down Syndrome Walk in 2013 in White City, Saskatchewan.


People are welcome to participate in between a 2km, 3km, or 5km walk around the town that will start at 11 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. .

Tracy said maps of the different paths will be handed out on the day of the fundraiser.

“We decided to walk this year because it’s a great cause and because we thought we could raise some money for the Down Syndrome Walk,” Tracy said.

“This cause is important to us because it helps families like us, and you find help, support and resources about Down syndrome.”

People can donate to Carmelle’s fundraiser by going to the Canadian Down Syndrome Society website and searching for Team Carmelle Boutin.

People can also donate at Carmelle’s donation page (see QR code at end of story).

“It would be great to see Team Carmelle raise our goal of $1,000. If we happen to go over, that would be even greater as it will show our support to families across Canada,” said Tracy.

“The year Carmelle graduated, we did a Down syndrome walk and we raised $5,000. It was good.”

Tracy and Carmelle were asked if they will be making the walk an annual event.

“We’ll see how this year goes. I would like to,” Tracy said.

“I think it is a good thing, we’ll see if it brings the community out. I just want to keep Carmelle active in our community.”

Tracy said her main goal for the fundraiser is to spread awareness about Down syndrome and that Down syndrome lives mattter across Canada.

“We want to start talking about the event now to let people know we’d love to see them come out and join us on the Down Syndrome Walk or bike, that will be happening on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

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