7-Days, 130 miles: Walk for Autism Takes Participants from Bridge to Beach

Bridge_to_Lighthousesm-300x225Great Forest sustainability analyst Nathan Holmes will join a group of friends this Sunday (May 25) for a seven-day adventure stretching 130 miles that will take them from the Brooklyn Bridge to Montauk, Long island.

The walk, will raise funds for the Little Plains School and Children’s Residential Project of the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), which services children and adults with autism.

The group of friends conceived of and organized the walk last year to cap their graduation from St. John’s University.  The first Bridge to Beach walk raised $22,000.  They hope to exceed that figure this year to help pay for much-needed renovations and upgrades to the school building, which includes a roof replacement, new handicap access, lighting upgrades and energy-efficient improvements.

Averaging about 19 miles a day, the group will make several stops at DDI sites along the way to meet children and teachers.

“Those stops help to keep us going,” said Nathan. “Last year we were moved by the warm receptions and motivated to keep walking by the electric enthusiasm when we were sent off on our way, especially from the young students.”

To join the group in their walk, see an itinerary of the route, or donate, visit the DDi website.

As reported: The group suggests that the best time to come along would be from the Brooklyn Bridge to St. John’s – a distance of about 11 miles or at the end from downtown Montauk to the lighthouse, which covers around five or six miles. An event will be held at The Point Bar & Grill in Montauk from 3-6 p.m. on May 31 – the day the group arrives in Montauk. Read more here.

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