FREEPORTThe Eighth Annual Freeport Wheel-A-Thon is fast approaching, and this years goals are to recruit 150 participants and raise $30,000! The Wheel-A-Thon supports the work of Regional Access & Mobilization Project, Inc. (RAMP), which offers opportunities for people with disabilities to live active, productive lives.
The Eighth Annual Freeport Wheel-A-Thon, set for 10 a.m., Saturday, July 28, at The Gospel Outreach Church, 211 W. Spring St., serves the following two purposes:
1. To raise community awareness of the issues involved when using a wheelchair for mobility and the importance of accessibility. People with and without a disability participate in the Wheel-A-Thon by using a wheelchair to negotiate a 2-mile route. Wheelchairs are provided.
2. To raise much-needed funds for RAMP. Approximately 130 participants/volunteers and 38 sponsors raised nearly $27,500 in last years Wheel-A-Thon.
This years goals are a lofty $30,000 and 150 participants, but event coordinators feel it is attainable. Each year, there is an increase in the number of participants, pledge dollars and business sponsors.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this family-friendly event. Aside from completing the route, highlights and activities include the Police K-9 Unit, fingerprinting for children by the Auxiliary Police Unit, Critter Camp, RAMPs famous Cake-N-Roll, a delicious picnic lunch, and many other fun activities for children and adults of all ages. Participants raising $50 or more receive a free Wheel-A-Thon T-shirt. Those who raise $100 or more will receive 10 percent off the amount they raise in in-kind gifts.
For more information, contact RAMP at 2155 W. Galena Ave., Freeport, or call (815) 233-1128 (voice/TTY).
from the July 18-24, 2007, issue