Our 32st Annual Walk for Opportunity (formerly known as the Move-a-thon) is our state organization's largest fund raiser. We hope everyone can join us on September 7th in Rochester, but even if you can't be there, you could be a big help. Please read on for details, including bus and lunch reservations.

Federationists from around the state will gather at Three Links Shelter in beautiful Rochester, Minnesota on Saturday, September 7. We'll walk, wheel, run, bike, rollerblade, and otherwise move forward for 10 kilometers, along the Zumbro River and around Mayo baseball field, all sporting our NFB of Minnesota t-shirts. After our refreshing journey, lunch will be available for $5.

We need lots of walkers or "movers," so please plan to join us on the route! Many of you have been working hard already over the last few months to raise funds -- thank you! All participants in the Walk for Opportunity should plan to raise at least $25.00. Your contributors may donate in the following ways:

  • Give it to you in-hand Or
  • Make a donation online (In the Description field, write "[your name], Walk for Opportunity". Or
  • Send a check, made out to the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota, to:
    National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota
    100 East 22nd Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    (Have them include a note with your name and the words "Walk for Opportunity").

We have small fliers available to assist you with soliciting donations. The flier explains all about the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota and how to contribute to the Walk for Opportunity. We also have sample e-mails available in case you'd like to send out e-mails to those you know requesting donations. If you would like some of the cards or to receive a sample e-mail, contact Jennifer Dunnam at jennifer.dunnam1829@gmail.com or 612-203-2738

Remember that social media like Facebook and Twitter can also be a great way to spread the word about this fund raiser and bring in on-line donations. We have an event set up on our Facebook page, so you can join and share it on your own Facebook profile, as well as direct people to links to the event via your status.

On the day of the event, please bring a pledge form with you, filled out, along with any in-hand contributions you have collected. If you have your t-shirt from last year, please wear it. If you don't yet have a t-shirt, you'll get one at registration-just be ready to tell us your t-shirt size.

For those leaving from the metro area, a bus will depart from our headquarters at 100 East 22nd Street, Minneapolis, at 7:30 AM. The cost of the bus is $25.00, and reservations for the bus and for a lunch should be made by August 24 by contacting Sid Starnes at 612-872-0100 or sstarnes@blindinc.org

Registration begins at 9:00 on September 7; please arrive promptly so that we'll all be registered and ready to start moving by 10:00. The walk starts at Three Links Shelter at Silver Lake Park, 840 7th Street NE, Rochester. Print and braille copies of the route will be available and will also be emailed out in advance).

As you know, we in the NFB of Minnesota work hard to protect the rights and further the opportunities for blind people of all ages, so even if you are unable to walk with us, please feel free to seek donations, or make a donation yourself. We need the help of all our members to make this year's Walk for Opportunity the most successful ever! The day is sure to be relaxing and refreshing. Join the fun on September 8 as we work together to raise funds and visibility for the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota.

Information About Those We Work With:

NFB-NEWSLINE®

Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND, Inc.)

State Services for the Blind

Products That Help Blind People

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