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Walkhome service raises record-setting funds in Walk-a-thon

November 21, 2011

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is proud to announce that Walkhome has raised $2338.65 for Queen’s Cares in their annual Walk-a-thon held on November 17th.

In each of the fall and winter terms, Walkhome hosts a Walk-a-thon, donating $1 to a charity for each walk requested that evening. This year, Queen’s Cares, a student group raising money to build a home in Honduras, was chosen as this event’s recipient.

“Queen’s Cares was chosen because their organization has a lot of heart,’ says Lorin Adams, Walkhome Head Manager. “They were also chosen because we wanted to be able to give some publicity to a new, and inspiring, initiative on campus.”

This year’s Walk-a-thon saw a record breaking 512 walks, easily surpassing the previous record of 350 walks in one night. In addition, individual staff members donated $1660.50 from their wages and $166.15 was raised from popcorn sales and change donations.

Walkhome’s dedicated staff and patrons are an important part of ensuring the success of each Walkathon event. Over 50 staff volunteered to work during Walkathon, continuing to ensure that our patrons are provided with the highest level of customer service.

Says Adams, “I’ve been blown away by the positivity and dedication of the Walkhome staff this year, and I’m optimistic that we will have an equally impressive Walk-a-thon next term!”

CONTACT:
Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at
comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER
Walkhome

Walkhome is an essential safety service to the Queen’s University community that provides students with safe and enjoyable walks to a destination of their choosing. Walkhome is also an anonymous, non-judgmental and discrete service, available every night free of charge. Walkhome is an AMS service founded in 1988 and is funded by all students through an AMS student fee. Walkhome is now open at 6pm every  evening throughout the winter, providing walks until 2am Wednesday-Sunday and until 3am Thursday-Saturday.

http://www.walkhome.ca

Alma Mater Society (AMS)
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.
http://www.myAMS.org

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