Friday, May 31, 2013

Walk to save lives

Abbotsford launches 24th Annual Walk for Life

Join hundreds of walkers in Abbotsford Right to Life’s Walk for Life fundraiser June 8. The Abbotsford Right to Life organization has supported the pro-life movement for over 30 years, and with Walk for Life, they hope to raise money for their new pregnancy centre opening in the fall, located on George Ferguson highway in Abbotsford. 

The walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. Participants may run the 4k fun course or the 8k challenge course. For families and friends, there will be several activities starting at noon, including: free balloons, face painting, a bouncy castle, an inexpensive barbecue, and a picnic area. Alternatively, everyone is welcome to donate or sponsor a walker online if unable to run the course. Walkers can also extend the fundraiser to their family and friends through an online pledge form, from which donations are also accepted. Walkers who recruit more than $100 in pledge money will receive a free pro-life shirt, which they can wear during the event.

Director of Education and Development Jared White tells the community that “all people and all life are precious and valuable,” and for those who may be experiencing unintended pregnancy, “it (the Walk for Life) should send a message that we stand in solidarity with you, and will help you when you need it most.” While almost everyone participating in the Walk for Life is aware of the continuing problem of abortion – about 300 happening each day – White believes the fundraiser to be a celebration of life, a step towards seeking out solutions.  He adds, “When we come together as a community, we can strengthen families, save lives, and make a difference for women and children.”

The Walk for Life will be held on June 8 at Mill Lake Park, Bevan Avenue in Abbotsford. For more details, visit or call 604-852-4623.  To register, click here. The goal is to raise $75,000 by Aug. 1.  

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