Bonaventure hosts March for Babies walk for second straight year

By Rebecca Gunning, @Beck2142

The March of Dimes Foundation will be holding their annual March for Babies walk on Saturday, Oct. 5 here at St. Bonaventure University at 11a.m. The walk is on the Allegheny River Valley Trail and is a total of 3.2 miles long.

“The money raised from the March of Dimes Walk goes towards programming, grants, research projects and community projects,” said Audra Distefano, community director of the Western New York Division of the foundation.

The March of Dimes has been walking in the United States since 1970 and had brought the walk to the Bonaventure campus for the first time last year. In its inaugural go at Bonaventure, the community managed to raise just over $47,000, according to Distefano, who has been working for the foundation for about a year.

The March of Dimes has been walking in the United States since 1970 and had brought the walk to the Bonaventure campus for the first time last year. In its inaugural go at Bonaventure, the community managed to raise just over $47,000, according to Distefano, who has been working for the foundation for about a year.

“We decided to move it to St. Bonaventure because of how much the St. Bonaventure community was involved in the walk and we wanted to get the students more involved,” Distefano said. “Plus the trail is gorgeous this time of year!”

She estimates around 60 to 65 percent of the teams who sign up for the walk are Bona students with the community and businesses making up the remainder of walkers. Those students managed to raise $9,000 for last year’s walk.

Student Government Association (SGA) President Cody Clifford was extremely pleased with the participation of students in the walk’s first go-around.

“Personally, I think the turnout for the walk last year was great! We had over 20 clubs create teams and well over 200 students,” said Clifford, a senior. “In retrospect that may not seem like a lot, but for it being the first year we co-sponsored the event we had a wonderful turnout.”

On Saturday, Sept. 28, SGA will have a table at Bonagany, Allegany’s annual festival to celebrate the town and university, in order to raise awareness for the event.

“Our table is mostly for donations, and to get information about the event to people,” Clifford said. “However, we will be giving directions on how to sign-up at the table.”

Clifford encourages anyone to sign up for SGA’s team or to at least donate.

“So far our team, which anyone is welcome to be on, has raised over $100 and our goal is $500,” he said. “As of now I’d say our team has about eight people and we’d love to increase that number.”

Distefano expects there to be 500 walkers at the event. Their goal is to increase this walk’s donations to over $60,000.

This year March of Dimes also happens to be celebrating its 75th anniversary. Distefano says to expect something special the day of the walk to commemorate the foundation’s milestone.

There are a variety of ways to participate in the walk. One can sign-up with a business or club, with a group of friends or family, or as an individual.

Registration can be done in three steps through March of Dimes’ website, www.marchforbabies.org. Volunteers can also register the morning of the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m.

gunninre10@bonaventure.edu

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