BENEFITING: New Venture Fund
ORGANIZER: Dylan's Wings
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
If you have been within earshot of me in the last few months, you may be aware that I am waddling the New York Marathon on 6th November 2016 to raise money for Dylan’s Wings of Change (http://www.dylanswingsofchange.org/). This foundation was set up in memory of Dylan Hockley, who was one of the 20 children and 6 educational staff who were killed in the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school on 14thDecember 2012. Dylan was the son of Ian and Nicole Hockley who became friends of ours back in the early 90s when I worked for Ian in my first job out of university.
Dylan was autistic and the mission of Dylan’s Wings of Change is to help children with autism and other related conditions achieve their full potential. One of the foundation’s flagship initiatives is the Wingman program (http://www.wingmanleague.org/). This is a leadership program to encourage children to go above and beyond for others, to accept perceived differences and create true inclusion. All donations for this year’s Marathon will be dedicated to the Wingman program. The program has started very successfully in schools in Connecticut with interest from NJ, PA, WI and TX. Over the summer a variation, The Wingman for Dance program is set to launch nationwide.
Thanks in advance for your support