Inspired by the challenges faced by a grandmother she never knew and her own mother, both of whom had Multiple Sclerosis, Barbara Sager has been walking.
That is, once a year, she participates in a 10-kilometer walk for the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise funds to combat the disease.
“When I first heard that there was a walk, I said, ‘I have to do this,”” the Little Silver resident says.
That was 19 walks ago, events that have found Barbara pounding the asphalt in Massachussets, Virginia, Scotland and Australia. “They’re places where I happened to be the day of the walk,” she says.
Over the years, the yoga instructor and grandmother estimates she’s raised $60,000, with $50,000 of that having come her way in the last five or six years, when she ramped up her solicitations.
This year, on April 13, Barbara plans to walk in Belmar and Spring Lake. It will be her 20th outing in an event that used to take her about 90 minutes of vigorous walking but today takes “somewhat longer,” she allows.
Donors may contribute to Barbara’s walk here.
Here are a couple of events coming in the meantime:
SATURDAY, March 15: The Men’s Ministry of Pilgrim Baptist Church (Red Bank), will be hosting its 17th Annual Community Men’s Breakfast at 8am at the Red Bank Primary School.
This years speaker will be; Rev. Dr. Kenneth Clayton, 2nd Vice President of the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey.
For further details and ticket information, please call 732-757-2258.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15: St. Patrick’s Day breakfast
The Red Bank Charter School hosts a traditional St. Patricks Day breakfast, the third of its cultural food festivals this year.
Imported Irish bacon, sausage and black pudding will be served along with eggs, potatoes, and Irish soda bread.
The breakfast will held at the school at 58 Oakland Street in three seatings: 8, 9 and 10a. Tickets are $10. Contact the school at 732.450.2092 to reserve your tickets.
SUNDAY, MARCH 16: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
The Navesink Hook and Ladder on Mechanic Street hosts this event, featuring a breakfast buffet provided by the River’s Edge Cafe.
Seatings are scheduled for 9 and 10:30a.
All proceeds benefit the Navesink Hook and Ladder and will be used to fund the renovation of the 2nd floor of the fire house, which is used for member meetings. For more info, call 732.778.7532.
SATURDAY, APRIL 5: Clean Ocean Action Winter Flounder Tournament
Registration is free for this event, which follows a 9a blessing of the waters and continental breakfast at Bahrs Landing, 2 Bay Avenue, Highlands.
From 3 to 5p, there will be children’s games, and at 5p, an awards ceremony. Flounders must measure 12 inches for weigh-in eligibility, and the possession limit is 10.
Visit the Clean Ocean Action website to register or call 732.872.0111.
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