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Hope Walks raises funds to help young families

FALLBROOK – Hope Clinic for Women held its annual Walk for Life fundraiser “Hope Walks” at The Vineyard 1924 on Saturday, June 3. The walk is a family-oriented event that allows people to come together and celebrate the gift of life. It’s an opportunity for the Fallbrook community to get involved in a fun event while raising much-needed funds to support the mission of HCW.

More than 75 people of all ages, infants and beyond, came out for the event. The morning weather was warm with a slight breeze, perfect for families and friends to gather for a walk through the vineyard, and to enjoy a morning of outdoor activities. Trail Life volunteers marked the course that ran between the rows of grape vines and a modified walk was designated through the olive tree grove.

Walkers and volunteers took part in the event festivities, which included face painting, cornhole, ring toss, hula hooping, bubble making, and a “God Made Me Special” craft for kids. Several of the 2022 Miss Fallbrook/Teen Fallbrook court displayed their artistic talents with creative face painting.

Students from Fallbrook High School had a great time earning community service hours while engaging with the “littles” (HCW also offers the opportunity to earn community service hours for graduation through the “Teen Focus Group.”)

As people gathered for the group photo before the walk, HCW Executive Director Carolyn Koole expressed appreciation for the financial support of HCW and acknowledged the commitment of all the volunteers at the clinic. This support, Koole continued, allows HCW the ability to provide free medical services, extend compassion and care, and offer other resources to women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. The Miss Fallbrook Court carried the Walk of Life banner to lead the walk.

The fundraising goal for this year was $20,000 and just over 70% was raised by teams and walkers. First place team fundraiser was Anglicans for Hope and the Top Walker was Ken Follis. This year’s event sponsors were Jim and Miriam Kirk, LifePointe Media, The Ken Follis & Sharon Robinson Group, We Love San Diego, and 4WD Inc.

As a nonprofit organization, HCW relies on the generosity of their supporters to provide financial resources to keep the clinic doors open. Proceeds from the walk contribute to necessary funding that enables HCW to offer services free of charge to their patients and clients which include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds in the first trimester, virtual and onsite parenting classes led by trained volunteers, plus other resources for mothers and babies before, during, and after pregnancy up until the child turns 2. HCW’s goal is to be fully staffed and operational five days a week (40 hours) to provide their educational services to the clients they serve.

For more information on Hope Clinic for Women and the services they provide, visit https://www.hopefallbrook.com.

Submitted by Hope Clinic for Women.

 

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