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Posted: April 10, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Run or walk for the YMCA

The YMCA, which was founded in England in 1844 by a group of evangelicals who wanted to assist the families and children suffering because of the sprawl created by the Industrial Revolution, started in this country in 1851. Since then the Y has grown into an organization that assists families from babies to grandparents.

Newton County is fortunate to have an active Y, which is located on Newton Drive in Covington. Our local Y provides programs for kids that include swimming, gymnastics, flag football, soccer and basketball. 

A fantastic family program allows parents and children to exercise together.

Our local Y is a life-saver for single parents as the after-school care and summer programs provided are second to none.

The Y is growing and is developing property, which features playgrounds and fields for family activities, in the county.

The leadership of the local club is superb, and that includes its very dedicated board.

We are pleased that the Y has been able to keep membership dues at an absolute minimum throughout the years. The reason they have been able to do so is because of contributions from local business and corporations and folks like you.

We all know that donations for non-profits like the Y have decreased because of the economy, but none of us want any of the worthwhile programs to be cut.

That is why it is important that you support the Y's big fund raiser, which will be held April 18.

The Cheerios Challenge, sponsored by the Y and local corporate partner General Mills, will feature a 10K/5K road race and a 1-mile fun run for those of who like to take our time observing the great beauty of our spring here in Newton County. Those who are still trying to lose winter fat should walk a at a bit faster pace. Winners will receive awards.

To enter the race, the cost is only $15 in advance and $20 on race day. If you don't want to run, but would like to contribute to a great family organization call (770) 787-3908.

April 18 will be a great day for healthy families.


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