Walk and Roll celebrates abilities

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Saturday, October 14 2017 Oct 14, 2017 Saturday, October 14, 2017 6:52:00 PM CDT October 14, 2017 in News
By: Brianna Stubler, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - People First of Boone County held their second annual Walk and Roll a Thon Saturday afternoon at Stephen's Lake Park.
People First is a local group run by people with disabilities, who decided last year to host this event in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. One of their main goals is to empower both able workers and employers throughout the community.
Several members shared about their positive experience with the group. Donald Zawadski, has been employed by People First for almost 24 years. 
"I think every disabled person who can should find a job and not just sit at home doing nothing, so you can go out and make something of yourself," Zawadski said.
He said he thinks it is good to have events like this to show community support. People Firsts efforts have helped increase awareness in Columbia, which helps people get jobs.
"I've learned a lot from the group, and a lot from my job," Zawadski said. "I learned self employment and other skills."
Katie Kinder, secretary of People First, thought of and coordinated the Walk and Roll a Thon. She said she knew the group would have a lot of fun, and shes happy to see the event increase in size this year. Not only is it good for the group members, but its also good for the community, Kinder said.
"I joined the group because I wanted to be able to advocate for others, but I've also realized that by helping others I've helped myself," Kinder said.

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