Walkers across the state braved the rain, wind and cold on Wednesday, April 30 to help Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska raise $5,000 each for Special Olympics Nebraska and the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation.
Some walks across the state were moved inside or re-scheduled, but walkers still came out in force. More than 350 organizations and 100 schools for a total of 37,255 individuals signed up to walk.
“It was great to see the volume of participation this year, “said Rob Trebilcock, Director of Community Engagement. “Our hope is that walking and other forms of exercise become routine for every person that joined Walk at Lunch. We encourage them to recruit friends, family and co-workers to join them as they increase their physical activity.”
The donation to the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation is designated for the development and improvement of the trail system at Platte River State Park. Last year BCBSNE’s $8,000 donation led to construction on a new trail there this spring.
Special Olympics Nebraska plans to use the donation for their health and dental screening programs.
Next year’s Walk at Lunch is set for April 29.