Andjelkovic receives $760 grant to support FARE Walk

Middlebrook seventh grader Bella Andjelkovic received a $760 grant from the nonprofit organization CT Block Party to organize an interactive area at this year’s Connecticut FARE Walk for Food Allergy at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 4.

The event is a flagship fund-raising, awareness and community-building program, sponsored by the nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education, which raises money to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives.

Bella and her younger brother, Luka, both have severe anaphylactic allergies to tree nuts and peanuts.

“Kids with food allergies spend their whole life worrying about things they aren’t supposed to eat,” she said. “It’s pretty scary and negative most of the time.”

This year’s Connecticut FARE Walk will feature arts and crafts, face painting, relay races and live music, and a half-mile walk ceremony at 2:30. There will also be a special lawn section with a strolling magician and carnival games, thanks to Bella’s grant.

Bella said her goal is to bring kids together to interact in a positive and fun way while educating them on how to support their friends with food allergies.

“The FARE Walk is such a positive, happy day where we all feel safe and strong,” she said. “I want my friends to be a part of the fun and learn how they can be understanding and helpful to someone with severe allergies.”

Bella’s FARE Walk team, the Wilton Warriors, has raised more than $11,500 for this year’s event.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the team  and will hold a bake sale to raise more money and recruit more participants at the Village Market, from 3 to 5.

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