On Saturday, November 16, a mix of Marian University students, faculty, and members of the greater Indianapolis community ran through campus for the 2013 Baby on the Way 5k. The race raised more than $5,000 for the O’Connor House, a pregnancy crisis shelter in Carmel, Indiana.
“The O’Connor House serves as a home for women in crisis pregnancy situations. They’re homeless. They have no family or friends to go to and they need somewhere to live. These women live at the house during their pregnancy, they have their child at the home, and they can stay up to nine months after the birth of their child,” said Marian University junior Katie Barrett.
Barrett organized the race as part of her sophomore service project for the Marian University San Damiano Scholars Program.
The San Damiano Scholarship is offered to incoming students who are interested in becoming leaders in parishes, schools, health care, and not-for-profits. All San Damiano Scholars are required to come up with a service project their sophomore year that will benefit an outside charity or the Marian University community.
“The sophomore service project is an integral part of the overall San Damiano Scholars Program. The projects help students begin the transition into answering Jesus’ question, ‘Who do you say I am?’ But more importantly, the projects give students some ‘real-world’ experience with running a program before the junior- and senior-year internships,” said, Mark Erdosy, director of the San Damiano Scholar Program.
Barrett came up with the idea as a way to bring together her two communities.
“The purpose of the race was to connect two communities that mean the most to me: the O’Connor House and the Marian University community. I’ve always been involved in the O’Connor House. I grew up volunteering there. And, I really wanted to showcase Marian University,” said Barrett.
The event was attended by 120 racers. First-place male and female winners won a $50 Visa gift card.