BARK RIVER - The Heart of the North Outdoor Market, held annually the last weekend of June, this year featured the "Strides" race. Lions all over the world organize Strides events in their communities to heighten awareness of diabetes and its complications and to provide information on preventing and managing the disease. These events promote regular, healthy exercise and include participants of all ages.
Over sixty participants, both young and young at heart, came to join the Heart of the North Lions' club in their first annual Strides Race to the Market. Racers, both individuals and families, combined walking, running and wheeling to compete and/or to earn wellness points for local insurance benefits.
Over $1600.00 was raised for UPDON, (U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network).
Heart of the North Lions’ president, Jane Lanaville, at left, and member, Joan Paul, co-chair of the Strides Race to the Market, present a $1,600 donation to Ann Constance, chairman of the UP Diabetes Outreach Network.
The race was chaired by members Joan Paul and Carolyn St. Juliana, who said,
"I am still so very excited over our success with this event. Diabetes is a devastating disease that affects so many members of our community. Personally, I know how this disease changes both an individual's and families' lifestyle and understand difficult choices that need to be made daily. I am honored to have been able to co-chair this event with my friend, Joan Paul, for such a wonderful organization."
The next Strides date is set for June 29, 2013.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
Since 1917, Lions have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.