‘Walk a Mile in Special-Needs Mom’s Shoes’

From Staff Reports

H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) Park is partnering with Our World, Inc, to help local residents – especially men – raise funds to honor mothers of individuals with special needs.

The two nonprofit groups are working to combine community resources to build a special-needs school and park in Henry County.

Both organizations are putting together their inaugural “Walk a Mile in Special-Needs Mom’s Shoes” fundraiser, set for Aug. 20. The event will require men to wear high heels while walking to raise money.

To register, go to our world athopepark.com, or visit Serendipity in McDonough or Locust Grove, or C&C Fence in McDonough. Registration is free, and participants are asked to secure at least $25 in sponsorships.

The 1.2 mile course at Henry County High School will feature “block challenges,” in which special-needs moms will be on hand to help participants understand what multitasking is all about. Additional tasks may include pushing a stroller, carrying a diaper bag, and/or carrying a bag of groceries.

Prizes will be awarded for the most decorated shoe, the most creative outfit, the most money raised, and the business that brings in the most money through employee participation.

Women are welcome to walk as well but will not be required to wear high heels.

To honor a special-needs mom at the event, guests can purchase a double-sided sign with her picture and two lines of text for $50. The signs will line the route of the walk-a-thon and will be available to take home at the end of the walk. Signs are available online at ourworldathopepark.com.

Business sponsorships are also available. For more information, call Lori Harris at 231-360-3469 or Lindsey White at 404-392-9116.