Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond joined with the Foster Kinship Care Program of Contra Costa Community College in co-sponsoring the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness 6.3 mile walk-a-thon at the shores of the Richmond Marina. Proceeds of the walk-a-thon was presented to the Friends of Faith Foundation. Photo by Gene Hazzard.
Ninety-five walkers participated in a 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon co-sponsored by Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond, Reverend Dr. Alvin C. Bernstine, Pastor, and the Foster Kinship Care Program at Contra Costa Community College, Dr. Intisar Shareef, Director, on Saturday, October 11, 2008.
Bethlehem’s Women’s Ministry Resource and Referral Team, under the leadership of Vernadine Randle, and coordinated by Glenda Roberts, organized the walk-a-thon as a part of the church’s 63rd Church Anniversary, as a community outreach, and to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Thirty-seven women from the North Richmond Neighborhood House joined the walk, along the pristine shores of the Richmond Marina in Richmond California, with three (3) men, including Pastor Bernstine. The participants walked a maximum of 6.3 miles, lit candles in memory of those who succumbed to the disease, and signed an Honor Board in recognition of survivors.
Proceeds from the walk, $5,263.63, was presented to Friends of Faith Foundation representative, Jackie Pugh, on Sunday, October 12, 2008, during Bethlehem’s morning worship service. The founder, Faith Fancher, a prominent Bay Area newscaster on KTVU Channel 2, touched many lives as she shared her experiences on the air detailing her struggles with breast cancer. Her foundation continues in her memory by promoting research, awareness and education.
For more information regarding events leading up Bethlehem’s 63rd Church Anniversary, please contact the church at 510-232-0193 or 684 Juliga Woods Street, Richmond, California 94804-4156.