HOUGHTON - Despite the forecast of unpleasant weather, participants will be using their feet Saturday to raise money for Omega House during the first-ever Hike for the House.
Carol Pfefferkorn, Omega House outreach and events coordinator, said the walk will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Michigan Technological University Trails. Participants will meet at the chalet at the Nara Trailhead next to U.S. 41. Parking for the event will be at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts parking lot 9. Free transportation from the parking lot to the trailhead will be provided.
There are 1k, 5k and 10k routes for the walk, Pfefferkorn said, and all will be clearly marked.
Pfefferkorn said the purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of the needs of people with serious medical conditions, and to raise money for Omega House, which provides hospice care.
"We've done lots of cancer walks, and that's still a problem," she said.
The cost to take part is $30, with no charge for children younger than 16 years old. Registration can be done at the trailhead at 9:30 a.m. or online at hikeforthehouse.com.
Pfefferkorn said dogs will be allowed on the trail, but they must be on leashes, however, they are not allowed in the chalet. Participants of the walk are asked to respect others who may not be comfortable around dogs.
Fundraising is important to Omega House, Pfefferkorn said, because the per day per resident cost is $210.
"We don't turn anybody away," she said. "We're hoping the Hike will bring in $10,000."
Portage Health has made a significant contribution to Omega House as part of the current fundraising effort, Pfefferkorn said.
Assisting with the hike will be Jim's Food Mart and Festival Foods, which are providing apples for participants. Water will also be provided.
Although the forecast for Saturday is rain and snow mix, Pfefferkorn said the Hike for the House will go on anyway.
"Dress for the weather," she said.