The 2nd Annual Christian Counselling Center (CCC) Walk was held at 7 a.m. on November 10 at the BAIC Park. Participants were greeted by members from the center to register for the 5K or 10K walk/run event, and they received free T-shirts.
Following a prayer by Anthony Swain, runners were asked to take their places at the front of the line while those who opted to walk brought up the rear. The route took them to the Shervin Archer Circle (airport roundabout) and back around to the BAIC Park.
During the event, Pastor Derek Benjamin of New Vision Ministries, one of the runners, held the lead for a good portion before he was overtaken by Adrian Whylly and Brent Cartwright. The runners commented that it had been a great run because of the favourable weather and because the event had been well put together. Meanwhile, Courtnee Romer led the female runners after inching past Kimberly Roberts.
At the end of the walk/run event, Margaret Smith, a counselor, said the aim of the event is threefold. The first is to raise awareness of the Christian Counselling Centre as it is in its fifth year of existence on Abaco, and that overall, the mission of CCC is to help people who are hurting.
Secondly, she pointed out that as a non-profit organization, they must find additional ways to generate more funds for the center. The third aim is to promote health, which includes the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of it.
“We’re here to address the needs of the whole man,” Smith noted.
Commenting on the event itself, she added: “It’s fun, it’s great to come out early to see the people, and it’s great to participate. We’re just really pleased with the people who support us, and we want to get bigger and better.”
Smith was also a participant and described the walk as invigorating. She said it was also a good time to fellowship with those around her. The Marsh Harbour Police Department also showed their support by sending an officer to patrol the area, which ensured that the participants were kept safe.
Although there are no more scheduled fundraising events for the year, the center continues with its Parenting with Purpose program, and Dr. David Allen visits Abaco on a monthly basis for his seminars. Next year, the Christian Counselling Center will host a Golf Tournament.
For more information on the Christian Counselling Centre, call 367-6215.