MAY 26, 1997

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Walk 'n' Roll-a-Thon marks Bridge Ministries' anniversary

Walk 'n' Roll-a-Thon by Deborah Stone
Bridge Ministries for Disability Concerns is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a Walk 'n' Roll-a-Thon on Saturday, May 31, 11-2 p.m. at Lake Washington High School Athletic Track in Kirkland. This event is a first for the organization and its goal is to raise $20,000.
   Corporate sponsors, including Contract Employment Weekly, Papillon Airways, Washington Mutual Bank, and Western Bank have already pledged $9,000. Participants obtain pledges for walking, jogging, or rolling in their wheelchairs around the track. There will be live music, an anniversary cake, concessions, and door prizes.
   "We hope to get 100 participants or more," Linda Sky, administrative assistant of Bridge Ministries for Disability Concerns said. "We hope the event will raise awareness of disabilities and provide an opportunity for people to network and share information," she added.
   Reverend Henk Wapstra, executive director of the organization, founded it after working twenty-two years with parish churches. He wanted to spend more time assisting individuals with disabilities, especially on a one-to-one basis. The organization is unique in that it serves persons of all disabilities, and there is no charge for its services which include home visits to assess needs, resources, and referrals, disability awareness seminars, guardianship, an annual overnight for the disabled, and monthly potlucks held at different churches in the area.
   Bridge Ministries has its offices in Kirkland where it employs nine people, several of whom are chaplains. Fundraising is a vital necessity for the organization, as all money comes from the private sector, contributed by individuals, community groups, churches, and foundations. For more information about the Walk 'n' Roll-a-Thon, call 828-1431.