Best Buddies Virtual Friendship Walk

WJBC and Best Buddies invites you to the Virtual Friendship Walk on June 20th!

This virtual walk was a developed concept that’s unique, captivating and different than anything they have ever done: The Best Buddies Virtual Friendship Walk!

On June 20th, the virtual walk will begin with Opening Ceremonies on the Best Buddies Facebook page at 10:15am. Following the opening ceremonies, join Founder and CEO, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, along with participants, buddies, celebrities, athletes and more on a virtual walk for inclusion and friendship!

CLICK HERE to register today and fundraise to help change the world for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities. 

Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Keep up-to-date on the Best Buddies Virtual Friendship Walk on the Facebook event page HERE.


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