Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, along with a group of volunteers, CSEA Local 880 and representatives from the March of Dimes, have kicked off the town’s participation in the annual March for Babies walk to benefit the March of Dimes. For 14 years, the Town of Hempstead has been involved with March for Babies, along with CSEA Local 880 (Hempstead Town’s Employee Labor Union), a longstanding partnership that has grown each year.
The 2012 March for Babies is scheduled for Sunday, April 29 at Eisenhower Park. In preparation for the walk, a group of volunteer team leaders will be actively raising funds, spreading awareness and registering participants. At the kickoff meeting, team leaders had a chance to see how their time and support helps to motivate the community and raise awareness in the fight against premature birth.
“Children are our future and in order to protect our future we need to come together and raise awareness about the effects of premature birth,” said Murray, the honorary chairperson for the March for Babies Walk. “I am proud of our continuing relationship with CSEA Local 880 and the March of Dimes in the fight against prematurity.”
Each year more than half a million babies are born too soon. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Town of Hempstead is proud to announce its involvement in the fight against premature birth.
“Hempstead Town and CSEA have joined together for a variety of causes in the past, we are proud to show our continued support to the March for Babies,” said Charlie Sellitto, President of CSEA Local 880. “As the rate of premature births increases it is important to raise awareness to our community and show how important it is to motivate one another and come together in the fight against this growing issue.”
Since 1970, March of Dimes March for Babies has raised over 2 billion dollars in support of this growing cause. This year, more than 7 million people will join their family members, friends and coworkers across the country in a March for Babies.
“Together we can raise awareness and funds to prevent this growing cause,” Murray said. “Times like these give us a chance we show our strength as a community.”
For more information about the Town of Hempstead's March for Babies team, visit the team's page at www.marchforbabies.org/team/toh.