By Kira Ciupek, Correspondent
Despite blazing temperatures, more than 100 people braved the heat to attend the 24th annual Walk for Life sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Life, Saturday, June 9 at the Harker Heights Community Park. Walkers got relief from the heat thanks to the Highway 2 Heaven Motorcycle Ministry, which kept everyone hydrated with water bottles. The one-mile walk drew families and individuals representing churches throughout Harker Heights, Killeen, Temple, and Waco. They came together with the united purpose of raising donations for pro-life activities in Central Texas.
“It’s about raising awareness for pro-life initiatives and raising money for Texas Alliance for Life, so they can do their lobbying work and help pass pro-life legislation,” said Tom McNew, one of the team leaders for the event and Executive Director of Armor of God Radio. McNew added that Texas Alliance for Life, which has the full support of Texas’ Catholic bishops, lobbied for ten pro-life bills passed by the Texas Legislature last year.
The Walk for Life also raised funds for the support of nine crisis pregnancy centers, including Hope Pregnancy Centers in Copperas Cove, Temple, and Killeen. In addition to free ultrasounds and counseling for both women and men, Hope Pregnancy Centers offer medical care before and after the birth.
“The goal or the intent is for everybody to come out and walk a couple miles,” said McNew. “The Harker Heights community park is a one-mile route. Some were running the whole thing and others walked half. The intent is not necessarily to be a walkathon but to make it a community, family event, an opportunity to come together and celebrate life.”
Prior to the event, walkers raised donations either online or through door-to-door efforts. Last year, the Walk for Life raised over $14,000. The funds raised this year won’t be tallied until all the donations have been turned in, said McNew. Next year’s Walk for Life will be held in June, said McNew.