The La Habra Life Center will be hosting its second annual Walk for Life fundraiser on March 28.
Last year, a group of the nonprofit organization’s volunteers were inspired to create an event that would encourage members of the community to help pregnant women who are unsure of their options.
“The volunteers thought they should create a way to raise awareness and funds for mothers in crisis pregnancies,” Mecki Grothues, director of the La Habra Life Center, said.
Approximately 300 participants registered for last year’s walk and Grothues is confident that the number will increase by 100 this year because of the enthusiasm expressed by several local youth groups.
The Walk for Life reached their goal of $5000 last year. “We were surprised we got it,” Grothues said.
The organization’s goal was achieved by a combination of the events t-shirt sale profits and donations. This year, Grothues said she would be happy raising the same amount.
Although lunch will not be offered to participants this year, water, cookies and other snacks will be provided.
The easiest way to register for the event is at www.walkforlifelh.com, but there will also be an opportunity to register on the day of the walk at Our Lady of Guadalupe beginning at 8 a.m. T-shirts can also be purchased for $10 either online by March 15 or in person on March 28.
A mini-walk, 4K and 5K option is available to accommodate a variety of ages and fitness levels. Walking routes are slightly different from last year, but all routes will begin and end at Our Lady of Guadalupe church located at 900 W. La Habra Blvd.
In addition to free pregnancy tests and counseling services, the La Habra Life Center also supports women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant by providing mothers with essential items. Mothers can visit the clinic to receive a layette gift bag containing baby clothes, lotions and diapers.
Grothues encourages all pregnant women or women who suspect they are pregnant to visit the Life Center to review their options and to receive help at no cost.
“We understand that in the beginning it’s very [embarrassing],” she said. “We are here for you, we are your friend. Take it day by day, one day at a time.”
Income documents are not required to receive services and patient information is kept confidential.
There are no registration fees and a donation is not required to participate in the Walk for Life.
Walk of Life
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
By Brianna Flores/La Habra Journal