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‘Lifewalk’ fund raiser Saturday

By Staff | Dec 4, 2014

Jaycee Park is the site for the fourth annual Lifewalk this Saturday to raise funds for the Lifeline Family Center in Cape Coral.

The center, an interfaith outreach program of First Assembly Church of Fort Myers, provides a positive alternative to abortion for young women with an unplanned pregnancy. They receive comprehensive educational instruction to earn a GED certificate along with additional life skills and career skills training. Currently, 10 women (age 16-22) and their babies live in a safe, secure Christian home where they can stay for up to two years to complete their program.

The Lifewalk is one of two major fundraisers the Lifeline Family Center benefits from throughout the year in addition to individual donations.

“Right now we have 200 walkers signed up and expect at least 50-60 more,” center director Randall Sprague said earlier this week. “Anyone can sign up at the event starting at 8 a.m. to participate in the brisk, or leisurely, two-mile walk around Jaycee Park’s pathway.”

Any contribution qualifies walkers to sign up. Walkers are encouraged to sign up multiple additional sponsors to go to a great cause.

“We expect to raise more this year because we are ahead of where we were last year in the number of walkers,” said Sprague.

He said the proceeds are put in the center’s general fund to help cover everyday expenses.

“That’s were the funds are needed the most and are appreciated,” Sprague said.

The Lifewalk (three laps of the park) starts at 8:45 a.m. and lasts until all walkers finish the course. Baagels, cheese, coffee or juice will be available. There are three prize drawings scheduled at 10 a.m., two pairs of Southwest Airlines tickets and a third prize of two tickets to the center’s Benefit Dinner with Lee Strobel and two tickets to the VIP reception in March.

Trophies will be presented to the church or organization that raised the most money, pizza party for the youth group raising the most money, and a $50 gift card to the individual raising the most money.

Lifeline Family Center is self-supporting and provides its services without government assistance of any kind.

To learn more about the center and its programs visit www.lifelinefamilycenter.org.