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Partnership starts 15/15 campaign

Published 10:00pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

In its 15th year, the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community is kicking off its annual giving campaign by asking folks to give $15 in honor of the anniversary.

“To be together for 15 years is an accomplishment,” said Marcie Laumann, fund development director for the organization. “We’re asking for a dollar a year for the 15 years we’ve been serving the community.”

Laumann said the partnership has been mostly grant-funded, but the group is looking to build a base of individual support, as well.

“The need is still great for us to move forward for the next 15 years,” Executive Director Robbie Laughton said. “If a thousand people in the community would give $15, we’d reach our goal. We will take any amount, small or great.”

The group has started programs like Healthy People/Healthy Suffolk, Healthy Youth Ambassadors, the Positive Lifestyle Commitment Program, community gardens and Suffolk on the Move, which in turn has sponsored free events like 5K run/walks and bicycle rides, as well as a smoking cessation program.

The partnership also had a leading role in creating the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, which opened in 2007.

Laughton said the suggested $15 donation would buy plants for a community garden to feed a family of four, or fill a five-gallon dispenser of healthy, fruit-infused water to serve 100 people at an event.

A $50-donation can buy five pedometers and five Frisbees to encourage an active lifestyle or can provide 125 apples for healthy snacks. About $150 can be used to purchase and install a rain barrel for a school garden or provide the Positive Lifestyle Commitment Program to one person for a year.

Donations can be made online at www.myplang.com/sphc or via mail to Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community, 1707 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434.

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