CRADLE Pregnancy Care Center’s 11th annual Walk-for-Life is this Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1112 Gallia Street in Portsmouth. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 9 a.m
Denise Hurley, chairperson of the CRADLE board, and acting executive director, CRADLE is continuing to meet newborn and pregnancy needs throughout Scioto County.
“We are serving so many clients in Scioto County with specifically the newborn needs, and their pregnancy care needs,” Hurley said. “So there is no shortage of clients, and we are hoping obviously for a successful walk. We did things a little different this year.”
Communicating about who is responsible for paying the registration fee is paramount. The Annual CRADLE Walk is the only fundraiser for the organization.
“The most important thing that needs to be communicated about the CRADLE Walk this year, is the registration fee of $25, which includes a free T-shirt while supplies last. It is not $25 for children. Children walk or ride in strollers for free, I think the only thing that our forms didn’t do justice on this year was, for communicating clearly about who pays the $25 fee for the walk. For instance, if a mother with three children comes to participate in the Walk, she may be thinking that she has to pay $100, but that is not the case, it would simply on be $25 for that mom. A lot of people brought youth, and teenagers last year, but the $25 fee does not apply to them. It is one $25 fee per family,” Hurley said. “We are certainly not going to stop anyone from walking if they don’t have the registration fee, they will still be able to walk. If they pay the $25 fee then they will get a free shirt, so they are encouraged to come early. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and then we’re going to step off at 9 a.m.”
The course is an easy two miles for all ages to participate: kids, teens, seniors, families, moms with infants in strollers, churches, or business groups. The Walk goes on rain or shine.
“It is a very reasonable walk, about an hour. We should be totally done by 10:30 a.m. We are going to have Matt Fawcett playing music, and there will be snacks and beverages that are going to be under a snack tent,” Hurley said.
For those who cannot participate in the CRADLE Walk, but would still would want to donate, donations can be dropped off at the CRADLE office Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. and calling the office at 740-354-2273.
Alli Boggs, office manager at CRADLE, said the Annual CRADLE Walk is important to them, and to the community.
“The walk is really important not only to the staff and volunteers at CRADLE, but to the community as a whole,” Boggs said. “As a fundraiser, it allows us to further develop our imprint in the community and then also raise funds that would benefit young families who come to CRADLE.”
CRADLE recently updated the curriculum that the utilize, according to Boggs.
“In about February of this year we updated our curriculum that we use. While we still do Bible studies with clients we updated the ‘Earn While You Learn’ series that we use, which has brought in clients from some of the drug rehab programs, and drug courts as well,” Boggs said. “
Registration may be done the day of the walk for $25. See the Facebook pages for CRADLE or Scioto County Right to Life for more information.
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