Pets welcome in event to support Health Ministries of Christ Lutheran Church
Sept. 11, 2008
HARRISBURG – It isn’t often a walk/run event invites participants to join in a good cause and makes room for the puppy to come along too, but that’s what the Nursing Student Organization at HACC is doing in October.
In the group’s first such event that will benefit the Health Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church at 13th and Derry streets, participants are invited to bring their pet to join in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. The course begins at the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, covers the towpath at the Wildwood Lake Sanctuary and returns to HACC.
Cost for participants is $20, with no charge for children ages 15 and under. Pets are welcome provided their owners come prepared to clean up after them. Register in advance by contacting Professor of Nursing and NSO adviser Marti Spear at 780-2381 or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Walkers/runners can also register the day of the event.
All of HACC’s nursing students at the Harrisburg Campus complete a clinical rotation with the Health Ministries – a nondenominational segment of Christ Lutheran Church. Event coordinator and nursing student Jessica Burkholder said it’s a good fit.
“As nursing students we see how much the program helps people in need,” said Burkholder. “Now we would like to come together, bring the community together and help support these invaluable services of the ministries so it continues to thrive and succeed.”
Some of the programs the Passion for Compassion event will support include:
§ a food voucher program
§ Holy Spirit Hospital’s Medical Outreach Service - a free, nurse-run, drop-in clinic providing first aid, simple lab tests, health assessments, health education and medical case management for 800 people per month
§ Mission of Mercy - a free mobile doctor’s office and pharmacy; dental services are also available
§ Durable medical goods bank and orthopedic bank - recycles equipment such as walkers and provides new splints, wraps, humidifiers and more
§ Prenatal Care Clinic
Students in HACC’s Nursing Student Organization are not only involved in their local communities. They also offer a success series, mini-seminars and study aids that help and support their fellow nursing students.
HACC’s nursing program has grown from a graduating class of 28 in 1971 to an enrollment today of 841 in the associate degree program.
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