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Babies will be racing to raise awareness for the United Way on Dec. 8

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Babies will be racing to raise awareness for the Swift Current United Way at their first ever Baby Crawl, which will be held on Dec. 8 at the Swift Current Mall, starting at 4pm. Each crawling baby will don a onesie with the name of one of the United Way’s agency members, and will race down the mall to see which agency comes in first.

“It’s just a lot of fun, everyone can have a giggle and win prizes, and we can raise awareness about who we are and who our agencies are,” explained Darla Lindbjerg, Executive Director of Swift Current United Way. “We want people to know who we fund, but we wanted to show it off in kind of a different way.”

Lindbjerg, who has young children of her own, noticed an abundance of babies within the community over the past few years. Hosting a baby crawl seemed like a great way to get these new little ones out in the community, and would help raise awareness for the United Way, as well.

“It’s a fun way to celebrate our little guys, and even though my kids are too old now, I can still enjoy the fun like this,” she admitted. “The goal of the race is, of course, to get to the finish line first. But when it’s babies racing, they do the craziest stuff, and sometimes might just stop and turn around the other way. You just never know what’s going to happen when babies are involved, and it’s great.”

This year’s event will have a limit of 30 babies participating, and Lindbjerg is expecting a good crowd. In addition to supporting the local United Way and their member agencies, the Baby Crawl is a great way for parents to network within the community and watch their kids have fun.

“Every participant gets a swag bag, so there is no pressure – everyone is a winner,” Lindbjerg added. “We’ll have treats and door prizes, too, and people can donate to the United Way if they would like. We will also be selling tickets for our trip lottery at the event, as well.”

Lindbjerg noted that it will be an important event for the United Way, since it will give them the opportunity to educate the community a bit more about what the United Way does within Swift Current. She admitted that there are still a lot of misconceptions about the organization.

“Some people think we send money overseas, that all of our funds go elsewhere, but that is not the case,” she explained. “All of the money we raise goes right to our member agencies, so that they don’t have to worry about putting their own fundraisers on. The United Way takes an active stance in the community to advocate for these agencies, so they can run programs and services more effectively. It’s all about raising the money, and giving it right back to the community.”

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Jessi Gowan