Walk for Life looks to raise aware­ness

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De­spite the un­pleas­ant weather, par­tic­i­pants weren’t de­terred from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual Moose Jaw Walk for Life.

A to­tal of 43 walk­ers took part in the event, part of an an­nual fundraiser for Moose Jaw Right to Life that brought in $1,164 this year.

“On this rainy day, it’s a won­der­ful turnout. It went very well; it was peace­ful and I feel like maybe we’re even mak­ing a state­ment by walk­ing in the rain,” Moose Jaw Right to Life pres­i­dent Jean Landry said. “You just want the com­mu­nity to know that life is pre­cious and that’s how we re­mind them oc­ca­sion­ally that we’re out there.” The ma­jor­ity of the funds go to­ward sup­port­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Main Street of­fice, which acts as a hub for their free ma­ter­nity and baby clothes give­aways ev­ery sec­ond and fourth Wed­nes­day of the month. Be­ing able to of­fer such a ser­vice is part of Right to Life’s goals. “It’s nice to cel­e­brate the life of a new­born baby and help the mothers in any lit­tle way that we can,” Landry said. “It’s ba­si­cally the com­mu­nity that’s help­ing us be­cause of all the do­na­tions that are com­ing in... we have so many peo­ple com­ing through and it’s won­der­ful, just won­der­ful.”

Walk­ers who took part in the event also car­ried signs with var­i­ous pos­i­tive mes­sages in sup­port of their cause, of­fer­ing points of view such as ‘love both the mother and un­born child’; ‘adop­tion rather than abor­tion’ and one of the main fo­cuses of Right to Life as of late, ‘qual­ity pal­lia­tive care over eu­thana­sia’.

“It’s very im­por­tant for us, es­pe­cially now with the eu­thana­sia is­sue,” Landry said. “There are so many peo­ple who are lonely and feel their life has no value and we just re­ally need to reach out to them. Let them know that there’s still a pur­pose for their life.”

Landry says that by look­ing at each case with a care­ful eye, it’s pos­si­ble to of­fer im­proved pal­lia­tive care in some cases where eu­thana­sia is be­ing con­sid­ered.

“Is it be­cause they’re in so much pain and, if so, is there an al­ter­na­tive? Is there bet­ter pal­lia­tive care avail­able? There might be so many other op­tions,” she said. The pro-life con­ver­sa­tion also fo­cused on an on­go­ing is­sue for po­ten­tial fam­i­lies – the lack of ba­bies cur­rently up for adop­tion.

“It’s one of the things that is never re­ally talked about any­more when it used to be,” Landry said. “So many peo­ple don’t think of that as a choice and there are so many peo­ple who are wait­ing to adopt and there ba­si­cally aren’t enough ba­bies... by hav­ing a child, a fam­ily could be cre­ated even if you give the baby up for adop­tion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion check out the Moose Jaw Right to Life Face­book page or moose­jawright­to­life.ca web­page.

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