Family Fitness Walk Raises Money for Women's Shelter

April 29, 2006 -- Posted at 3:19 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- Before the rain started coming down Saturday morning, some people in Region 8 hit the walking track trying to stay fit and help out a good cause.

“We wanted to do something to benefit the community.  This month is community spirit month,” said event organizer Jason Brown.

Employees at the Child Youth Pediatric Day Clinic inJonesboro tried to find an agency that would benefit most from their help.

“We decided to go to the Northeast Arkansas Women’s Crisis Center and have a benefit to help them,” said Brown.

That ''help'' is on the way thanks to the ''family fitness run/walk".

For 8th grader Katie Calaway, participating in this event means more to her because she knows she is helping others.

“You know you’re doing something that’s important for you, and it helps other people,” said Katie Calaway.

Nurses with the intensive care unit at St. Bernards Medical Center were happy to lace up their running shoes for a good cause.

“We’re doing this as a group, so we’re trying to support the I.C.U. to raise money for the Northeast Arkansas Women’s Shelter,” said Chasity Whitlock.

This is the first time the Child Youth Pediatric Day Clinic has sponsored an event like this one, and it won't be their last.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and meet new people, so it’s been a two thumbs up, great success,” said Brown.