Pets welcome in event to support Health Ministries of Christ Lutheran Church
Oct. 6, 2009
HARRISBURG – Bring the family and even the pooch to the second annual HACC Nursing Student Organization’s Passion for Compassion 5K Walk/Run at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at the Select Medical Health Education Pavilion on the Harrisburg Campus, One HACC Drive.
The course will follow from the Select Medical Health Education Pavilion, run through the Wildwood Lake Sanctuary and return to HACC.
There is no charge for children ages 15 and under. Pets are welcome provided they are on a leash and 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. Walkers/runners can also register the day of the event.
HACC’s Nursing Student Organization is coordinating the event. The $20 entry fee will go to the Health Ministries of Christ Lutheran Church at 13th and Derry streets in Harrisburg. Health Ministries has become an educational home for HACC nursing students, where they provide basic care for needy and homeless community members.
Some of the programs supported by the Passion for Compassion event include:
  • A food voucher program that provides for 700 people every month
  • 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 - free prenatal care for those who are not able to access Medical Assistance
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 more than 800 in the associate degree program.
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