Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Support “Girls On The Run”
Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care recently joined together to support the local “Girls on the Run” (GOTR) program with a financial contribution totaling $1,000. GOTR is an international non-profit organization with a mission to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
“Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls ages eight to thirteen,” said Lynn Laurence, Council Director, Girls on the Run. “The program educates and empowers girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. The girls combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development.”
Beginning their 7th season, GOTR is an all-volunteer staff that provides the program to girls at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff (AVW), Minocqua-Hazlehurst-Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) and North Lakeland (NL) Elementary Schools. Plans are being made to re-introduce GOTR to Lac du Flambeau in the spring of 2011.
During each session the girls also give back to their community with activities such as cleaning up litter on local highways, visiting residents of local nursing homes, serving meals at St. Matthias Church, helping the Lakeland Sharing Foundation sort through their donated items, and writing letters to troops serving over seas.
Officials from both Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care explained that this donation was made to assist a local program that serves the physical, emotional, and social health of girls in the communities they serve.
For more information about GOTR, contact Lynn Laurence at 715-358-5485 or visit www.gotrnorthwoods.org.