Westroads Mall in Omaha is going to be a busy place on Sunday. The7th annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities event will start at noon. Mary McHale is the secretary for the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities and says this fun and energy charged event is a fundraiser to support recreation therapy programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute.
“The purpose of this event is a fundraiser for adult recreation therapy programs at the Munroe-Meyer Institute and their rec therapy program for adults with mental disabilities.”
McHale says the money is put to very good use by those taking part in the program.
“Like go out to eat, go to a Lancer’s game, baseball games. They might do an art project so they might paint a picture and then there is recreation because we know exercise is important to everybody, not only for the general population but also for adults with disabilities so they go swimming, they have tandem bikes so they go on bike rides on Sunday afternoons.”
Organizers say recreation therapy program at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute provide the opportunity for adults with disabilities to interact with others their age and an outlet to socialize away from their parents or care givers. This program is funded entirely by contributions.
McHale says when it comes to the Walk and Roll fundraiser, the more the merrier.
“Last year in 2010 we had about 700 people who took part so we are hoping to make at least 800 or more this year.”
The Walk and Roll will start at noon and it features music, cheerleaders, dance teams and much more.