PATHWAYS TO HEALING – Annual Walk-A-Mile Fundraiser to be Held in Person Next Weekend to Benefit “Pathways to Healing”

PATHWAYS TO HEALING – Annual Walk-A-Mile Fundraiser to be Held in Person Next Weekend to Benefit “Pathways to Healing”

“We are so excited to be able to hold this year’s event in person again on the State House grounds.”

COLUMBIA, SC (Thursday, April 14, 2022) – Walk A Mile, the annual event that provides much-needed funding for Pathways to Healing (formerly Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands), will be held in person this year, Executive Director Rebecca Lorick announced. This 13th annual event will be held on Saturday, April 23, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the South Carolina State House, located at 1100 Gervais Street in Columbia.

“We are so excited to be able to hold this year’s event outdoors and in person again on the State House grounds,” Lorick said. “Walk a Mile is our largest fund raiser of the year. We could not do the important work we do without the generous support we receive from people and organizations in our community and grants from our funding partners.”

In addition to Walk a Mile, Pathways to Healing (PTH) has partnered with the Columbia Fireflies (minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals) to offer exclusive tickets for the April 23rd 6:05 p.m. baseball game at Segra Park against the Down East Wood Ducks (minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers). PTH will receive $5 from every ticket purchased through the PTH/ Fireflies sign up link: https://www.firefliestickets.com/group/event/Pathways/

The ticket link includes exclusive food, beverage, and parking options.

“We hope everyone will come out and join us at both events on April 23rd,” Lorick said.

Last spring, Walk A Mile raised $45,000 even though it was 100% virtual. That total was just $5,000 short of its $50,000 goal.

To participate in the walk, Lorick said people should visit the Walk A Mile website (https://www.classy.org/event/walk-a-mile-in-our-shoes-2022/e381776) and choose from two primary participation options:

(1) Register to walk with a $25 donation and commitment, and then create your fundraising page where you can easily raise money for the cause. You can do this alone, create a team for your friends or coworkers to join, or join someone else’s team.

(2) If you’d prefer not to walk or fundraise, you can simply donate to help us reach this year’s goal of $75,000. You can make a one-time gift or set up convenient recurring payments.

A private, nonprofit, United Way member agency, PTH provides free and confidential services to survivors of sexual assault and their families in Lexington, Richland, Newberry, Clarendon, and Sumter counties. Working in partnership with medical, law enforcement, judicial, and educational communities, Pathways provides free services to survivors of sexual assault and their families, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, legal and personal advocacy, individual and group counseling, and violence prevention education. 

“Almost every day, we see heartbreaking examples of children who, through no fault of their own, become sexual assault or relationship violence survivors,” Lorick noted. “Through our Building Healthy Communities curriculum, we equip young people with the tools necessary to develop and maintain violence-free, respectful, and healthy relationships.

“These education and prevention services are possible only through donations and the support we receive through Walk A Mile,” she added. “That’s why participating this year is so absolutely vital. Because of the support we receive, the services that we provide help to turn horror stories into success stories.”

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