The McDuffie County Heart Walk is almost here. And those helping to raise money to fight heart disease, the country's number one killer, are gearing up for the Feb. 25 event.
The fundraising goal for the American Heart Association event is $43,000 this year. Patricia Rinker of the AHA said the money raised at the event is important to the organization and those who could potentially suffer from heart disease.
"The funds raised for this particular event go for research and education," Ms. Rinker said. "And that benefits everybody."
The Heart Walk started nationally in 1992 and has since raised millions of dollars from volunteers gathering sponsorship money to participate in the walk. Volunteers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 which earns them a T-shirt.
Ms. Rinker - in her fifth year of organizing the McDuffie Heart Walk - said it is important to remember that 70 cents out of every dollar raised for the event comes back to the community.
"The Heart Association is great. The research is important. Every little bit helps," Moses Booth - this year's Heart Walk chair - told a group of volunteers gathered at the Depot for the event's kickoff last month.
Again this year participants will warm up between Thomson Middle School and the Board of Education at 9 a.m. and trek three miles through the Hickory Hills subdivision.
Several other events leading up to the walk also raised funding for the AHA. Thomson's Taste of Fall - held at the old box factory on Oct. 6 - raised nearly $4,000. Many around the country donated money to the cause to wear red on Feb 3.
For more information, call the local chapter of the AHA at 706-855-5005.