Happening this Saturday in Red Deer is a fundraising event called The Grand Parade. This is a walk that celebrates and supports aging Canadians and their families right across Canada. 

Brent LaBrosse, the Fund Development Coordinator for Bridges Community Living, talks about the event. “It started out two years ago in Kitchener, Ontario. There will be 34 walks happening in 34 different cities across Canada all at the same time.” 

This year’s walk in Red Deer will begin and end at Pines Lodge, 52 Piper Drive,  in Red Deer. Participants will walk a 2.5km or 5km route, enjoy a treat at a rest stop along the way, and return at the end of the morning for a celebration BBQ.  

LaBrosse explains the need for a walk like The Grand Parade. “I think seniors are the lost population in our community. People forget that there is a lot of need for low-income seniors and for seniors in general, right across the country. I know just in Red Deer we have a shortage right now. About 1300 units for people who can't afford a place to live.” 

photo of walkers in parade

As of today, there are already 65 walkers signed up for this Saturday. If you would like to join or get more information head to Home - The Grand Parade 2023 


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