By: MEGAN HAYES
Saint Margaret’s House, a safe place for women and children who struggle with poverty, domestic issues, and other family needs raises awareness for their organization by sponsoring a one-mile charity walk event each February.
The St. Margaret’s Winter Walk represents the women and children who walk daily to the house to access services, no matter the weather. This year, St. Margaret’s House will host their annual event on at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18.
Director of the Honors Program at IU South Bend Neovi Karakatsanis, is looking for people to join the IUSB Honors team, who last year raised more than $1,000 for St. Margaret’s House during the walk.
“The Winter Walk raises awareness about poverty among women and children in our community and serves as St. Margaret’s House’s largest fundraiser. Its proceeds cover most of St. Margaret’s House operating costs,” Karakatsanis said.
All students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to join the walk. There is no cost to join, although donations are always appreciated.
“In addition to raising awareness, the proceeds generated from the walk, pay for most of the services provided to women and children by St. Margaret’s House. In 2017, more than 22,645 meals were served, more than 46,999 articles of clothing were given away, more than 195 children received school supplies, including school uniforms, and 85 women and children were served each day,” Karakatsanis said.
The winter walk begins in the lobby of the County City Building and ends at St. Margret’s House. Registration opens at 1:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit the St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk website.