June 24, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 147

New Beginnings holds 'Walk, Run and Roll' event

WAKEFIELD — New Beginnings Pregnancy Services of Ironwood hosted its sixth annual “Walk, Run and Roll” event Saturday morning at Sunday Lake to raise funds for families experiencing crisis pregnancies.

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PARTICIPANTS DEPART at the start of New Beginnings Pregnancy Services’ sixth annual “Walk, Run and Roll” event Saturday morning at Sunday Lake in Wakefield.

About 40 people walked, ran or rolled. Each registrant got a raffle ticket, and director Harry Swanson said that local businesses were so generous with their donations that it looked like everyone who participated would get a prize.

Denise and Jonathan Haas provided music.

The agency served 47 people last year, Swanson said.

New Beginnings operates on a budget of $50,000 per year, and they need to double it, said Robert Davenport, who retired from the board of directors.

New Beginnings has had a 100 percent turnaround of paid workers, said Swanson. They are seeking volunteers, as well as baby items such as furniture, cribs, toys, tubs and clothing for children up to age 16.

“Our goal is to support people who need the help,” said Swanson. The agency connects women and families with peer mentors and provides resources be it material, transportation and apartments, as well as the resale shop. They also offer couples classes and parenting classes.