Lions to hold Strides Walk
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
On Saturday, the Madison Lions Club will hold its 3K and 5K Strides Walk to promote diabetes awareness and to raise funds to sponsor a special summer camp held for youngsters with diabetes.|
Money previously raised by local Lions helped send a Madison boy to Camp Gilbert in July. The community service club and Madison Community Hospital are sponsoring a 2013 Strides event to raise the funds to continue sending children to the summer camp.
Tammy Fender, an organizer for the Strides Walk, said the local club wants to hold the event annually. This weekend's fund-raiser will raise money to sponsor campers in 2014. Interested persons can preregister for the walk by calling Fender at 291-9114.
"But they don't need to preregister to join us; people can just show up that morning and register then," Fender said.
The 3K and 5K walks will start between 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturdayh at the exhibit hall on the Lake County 4-H Grounds in Madison. Participants will walk the Lake Madison Recreational Trail from the fairgrounds to the Silver Creek bridge for the 3K, and from the fairgrounds to the driveway of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices on SD-19 for the 5K.
The entry fee for the Strides fund-raiser is $5 per person or $10 per family. Lions representatives will hold registration for the event from 8:30-9:30 a.m. that morning.
Organizers will have information about diabetes, nutrition and wellness available at the exhibit hall, plus some prizes provided by local sponsors.
The rain date for the fund-raiser is Sept. 21.
Last spring, the Madison Lions Club provided scholarships so that two children, including Jacob Brooks of Madison, could attend Camp Gilbert this summer. The $625 provided for each camper offered Brooks, then 11, the opportunity to attend the special camp held along the shores of Enemy Swim Lake in northeastern South Dakota.
Katie Brooks, Jacob's mom, said that the July camp provided the most extended period of time that he had spent away from home. Camp Gilbert offers boys and girls between ages 8-18 an opportunity to enjoy swimming, canoeing, soccer, crafts and other activities under the right kind of supervision to monitor their diabetes. The camp provides the oversight through medical staff such as physicians and nurses, diabetes educators, dietitians and other professionals.
Volunteers manage the Camp Gilbert events, which typically depend on community support for their funding.
Any person who cannot attend the Strides walk but who wants to contribute to the fund-raiser or sponsor a Camp Gilbert camper can call Fender.
Lions Clubs located around the world organize Strides events in their communities to inform everyone about diabetes and the health problems that the disease causes.