Annual Esther Finkle Walk for Kids is this weekend
SUMMERSIDE – If Esther Finkle was alive today she might have a thing or two to say to her daughter.
The Esther Finkle Walk for Kids is coming up on Oct. 20, and everyone is invited to participate. From left are Paulette Halupa, a member of the walk’s board, with Lincoln Gardsmith, Bethany Halupa holding Lukács Hirtle, and Julia Albert, another board member, holding Michael Gardsmith. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
But Lisa Finkle wholeheartedly believes there would be a hug or two in between the good-natured scolding she was liable to have gotten from her mother.
“She was a very humble woman – so I don’t know what she’d think of having her name all over the place,” laughed Lisa.
“But she would be very, very proud of the fact that we are touching so many kids,” she said.
Founded in 2000, the Esther Finkle Walk for Kids is set for Oct. 20, starting at 2 p.m. at the Miscouche Fire Hall. It’s a 4.6 km run/walk. There is no charge to participate, however, donations area greatly appreciated.
The event raises money for a fund that is used to help out local kids. The gifts are small, no more than $200 per child.
“(Esther) worked with children all her life, and she really believed that it was the small things that really could make a difference to children. Children who might have had financial disadvantages or other disadvantages. She really walked that walk all her life. So when she passed away we kind of wanted to continue that tradition,” said Lisa.
Any child under 18 can qualify for help from the fund, however, a request has to come from a professional working with the child, like a coach, teacher or mentor.
Typically, the fund pays for things like prom dresses, sports equipment, and the like.
These small gifts can actually be very meaningful, said Lisa.
“I think it’s pretty powerful,” she said.
“What we forget often with kids is that it’s not the big things that sometimes separate kids – it’s the little things. It’s being part of the group, it’s being accepted,” she said.
Anyone who would like to know more can visit the fund’s website at www.estherfinklefund.com.