Pro-Life Mississippi is privileged to be hosting the inspiring national Biking for Babies cyclers for the 7th consecutive year on Wednesday, July 12. This inspiring team of young people collect pledges from pro-life supporters and donate the money to various pro-life ministries along their route. PLM has been a grateful recipient.
On July 11-16, 2017, three teams of dedicated pro-life athletes will be Biking Across America. They will pedal over 2,500 miles on three different routes to raise awareness and support for pregnancy resource centers across the country. Wearing pro-life t-shirts and traveling as a group, the bikers make a powerful visual witness to the sanctity of life. The riders have been preparing spiritually, physically and mentally to ride over 150 miles/day in support of the pro-life ministries along their routes.
The Southern Team, headed up by route leader Fr. Patrick Hirtz, will bike from New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO in just FOUR days! The first day will have them cycling from New Orleans, LA to Canton, MS, where PLM will help Fr. Mike O’Brien and Sacred Heart Catholic Church host a Meet-n-Greet BBQ Dinner for the team.
“We invite our entire pro-life community to come celebrate the gift of life with these enthusiastic, dedicated athletes,” states PLM president Dana Chisholm. “We anticipate a wonderful evening of food, fellowship and sharing of testimonies.”
Biking for Babies Southern Team Itinerary
See You there!!
The 6th Annual Pro-Life Mississippi Walk 4 Life, held Saturday June 10, 2017, was a resounding success any way she looked at it, according to PLM President Dana Chisholm. “We had beautiful weather, an enthusiastic group of walkers, a scrumptious brunch provided by the St. Richard Knights of Columbus, a surprise appearance by Bishop Joseph Kopacz of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, and raised a record $4,497 in pledges,” stated Chisholm. “And it was a lot of fun!”
The 4 mile round trip jaunt began at St. Richard Church, progressed to Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic located in Fondren, where a prayer service was led by Pastor Doug Lane. On their return to the church, the walkers were provided a delicious brunch by the St. Richard Knights of Columbus.
Again, the top 3 pledge gathering walkers were recognized and thanked with Walmart gift cards. PLM board member Patricia Frazier had high praise for first place winner David Dabney, who collected $2,185, but was unable to walk due to a foot infection. “When David asked me to walk for him, I was truly honored,” said Frazier. “David is our perennial first place pledge raiser, and didn’t let his illness sidetrack his commitment to the walk. He is an inspiring champion for life.”
Second place went to Carolyn McFaul for raising $425.
Third place went to Missy Samsel for raising $320.
The Meridian Knights of Columbus were given an honorable mention for fourth palce at $300 and Kenneth Tillman at fifth place at $255.
All the walkers were given “Save the Date” cards about the 2018 March for Life in Washington D.C. PLM will be sponsoring a 4-day 3-night bus/van trip to the 2018 March for Life. PLM will be putting more information out about reserving your seat and your cost for the trip in later newsletters.
Victor Gray-Lewis has agreed to chair the walk committee for next year and is already working on setting a date for 2018.
For a number of years PLM has sponsored a billboard campaign, working to keep pro-life messages before the public eye. These billboard ads are often the only sign of hope and help to those struggling with a crisis pregnancy. A recent donor to our billboard fund had requested that the sign, given in memory of Roy McMillan, display the phone number of Jackson’s local pregnancy help center. Our Office Manager, Tammy Tillman and the new director of the CPC Erin Kate Goode, selected the billboard design pictured below. “I am so excited to have this billboard going up,” states Erin Kate. “It has been gratifying to collaborate with PLM in our common objective to promote a culture of life.” The billboard design, pictured below, is located on Bailey Avenue south of Monument Street.
PLM is asking for your help to keep this billboard up for the CPC. The cost of keeping it up for four months is $1,000.