If someone wants to make a donation without getting sponsors, he’s welcome to write a check at the registration table. “No gift is too small and no gift is too large,” Padan said.
Sometimes, a walker will sponsor himself or his children. Also, the sponsors don’t have to live locally, Padan said, and the clinic will send out the bills to them. Money is not collected in advance.
“It’s a fun, upbeat event,” Padan said. “It’s very family friendly. People come with kids in strollers or wagons.”
Each year, she hopes the event attracts new walkers.
Women’s Care Clinic, which was incorporated in 1992, is a non-profit organization that provides services free of charge to residents of Vermilion County and beyond. Services include free pregnancy testing; limited obstetrical ultrasound to verify pregnancy; and material assistance, including baby clothes and furniture, diapers, car seats, etc.
In addition, the clinic provides support services such as adoption information and referrals, information on abortion risks, education on fetal development and pregnancy, spiritual support, post-abortion support, and referrals for legal aid, medical care and other social services. The clinic is privately funded, receiving no state or federal funds.
Families, churches, and businesses are encouraged to participate in this special event. Each year (after all pledges have been tallied), the clinic acknowledges the top 10 churches, adult individuals, and youth individuals in its newsletter and online.
FYI To register and get a sponsor sheet, call the Women's Care Clinic at 431-0987, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Friday. Walkers also may register on the day of the walk. Visit the website www.danvilleisprolife.com for more information.