Annual walk lends big support for small dreams

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE – For the past 12 years, the Esther Finkle Fund has come through in a big way to provide “small dreams” for Island children.

The annual Esther Finkle Walk for Kids takes place this Sunday in Miscouche, and some of the longtime Summerside social worker’s relatives demonstrated their excitement for the event Wednesday at Credit Union Place. From left are Colton Profitt, Esther's granddaughter Maggie Finkle-Aucoin, Adele Couture, and Esther's grandson Max Finkle-Hammer.

Sunday will be an opportunity for local residents to contribute to making those dreams a reality with the Esther Finkle Walk for Kids.

The fund honours the memory of Finkle, a longtime Summerside social worker, and is organized by her daughters Lisa, Paula, Theresa and Patsy.

Participants in this weekend’s 4-kilometre walk, run or bike event make donations to the fund, which can be accessed by a child’s service provider for up to $150 per application.

Lisa Finkle said the funds are used for a wide variety of small dreams over the years.

“Art lessons, bikes, summer camps and trips for kids who've never been off the Island. Hot chocolate and fries, gym memberships - anything that would be considered something a child might dream to do but doesn't have the financial means of doing,” she explained.

Esther passed away in 1999. The following year, her daughters initiated the fund to honour their mother’s legacy.

Teachers, social workers, sports coaches can all apply for the fund, which is different from other funding sources because of the short turnaround time for applications, typically about two days.

Sunday is a day to walk with P.E.I. kids in mind, and the power of those little things families sometimes can't afford that make a difference in their children's lives.

The Esther Finkle Walk for Kids begins at 2 p.m. from the Miscouche fire hall. All interested in participating are welcome to attend.

To make a donation, or apply to the fund, visit: www.estherfinklefund.com.

Organizations: Esther Finkle Walk for Kids

Geographic location: Summerside, Iceland, Miscouche

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