The annual LifeRun and LifeWalk will take place this weekend. The two events start at Recreation Park (aka the fairgrounds). In addition to the family friendly 5k there will be activities for kids. Money raised through pledges collected by LifeRun participants will help continued efforts of Alpha Family Center.
Running Raises Funds
Summer of 2004 was the first LifeRun/Walk. It was meant to raise funds for the then Alpha Women’s Center of Lowell so they could open the center. In 2006 their doors were opened for the first time. Since then the annual event has continued to raise funds and awareness for what the organization offers.
This year the LifeRun will begin at Recreation Park. Already over 50 participants have pre-registered. Registration is also accepted the day of the race starting at 7:30. A $10 fee is also due at this time. The run begins at 8am. Following the run there will be a brief awards ceremony for top finishers and recognition of winners within age brackets.
Those who have pre-registered have been collecting pledges. The money raised will go toward maintaining programs offered at the Alpha Family Center. Each year approximately $9,000 is raised with anywhere from 60-90 people participating. Even if you’re not participating in the run or pledging to someone who is running but would like to participate by giving a donation funds can be given online. A goal of $10,000 has been set for the event. Can you help in reaching the finish line?
Beginning at 9am registration for LifeWalk is open. The walk is free for participants and will begin at 9:30. Before and after the walk free family fun activities will be happening. Famous homemade ice cream by John Sterly’s Highland Hill Dairy, bean bag toss, balloon animals, face painting, and other games and food are some of the things to enjoy.
The Alpha Family Center offers numerous things to individuals and families expecting a child or raising small children. They make a difference in the lives of those who need a little help through mentoring, educational classes, earning “Alpha Bucks” to be used to purchase items in their store, and giving confidence during pregnancy through raising a toddler.
Educational topics include life skills, practical fatherhood, finances, prenatal care, keys to discipline, first aid, car seat safety, breastfeeding basics, and postpartum topics. By discussing, watching videos, and completing homework participants learn valuable skills. Mentoring plays a big role as well. Often friendships are formed and confidence is built just knowing someone out there cares and there’s a place to go with questions.
Soon an English as a Second Language and a General Education Degree will be added to the offerings available at the Alpha Family Center.
Run or Walk, Make a Difference
Whether you decide to run, walk, or just make a donation the services Alpha Family Center offers provide much-needed support within the Lowell community. Those seeking help are not judged only helped. Come out this Saturday, June 3 to run, walk, partake in family fun activities, and learn about Alpha Family Center.
In addition to Saturday’s events Red Barn Market is throwing a baby shower to celebrate the birth of a donkey. Mom and baby will have everything they need but between 2-4 on Saturday, June 10 guests are invited to bring a shower gift which will be donated to Alpha Family Center and Baby Pantry of Lowell. Check out the event invitation for “registry” information and party activities. If you’re not able to attend the party items are being accepted now through the 10th.